Hating black hair starts young, just ask Blue Ivy Carter

Black Hair Hate Starts Very Early

At Feministing, Sesali Bowen writes that the criticism over Blue Ivy Carter's hair shows how Black women are taught to hate their hair

by Team Ebony, January 10, 2014

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Hating black hair starts young, just ask Blue Ivy Carter

Hating black hair starts young, just ask Blue Ivy Carter

Discontent that Baby Blue’s hair isn’t arranged in some sort of identifiable style has the internet ablaze. The idea of the child of Beyoncé and Jay-Z not being “presentable” is laughable at best. We’re talking about a two year old with more stamps on her passport than most adults. She has access to resources to have a great life, not to mention her grandmother was a hair dresser. Do we really think that the Carter’s aren’t taking care of their daughter’s hair, even if it’s not styled into he way we would like?

If we’re wondering why so many Black women grow up to feel shitty about the way their hair grows out of their head, this is it. It starts as soon as you have a few wisps of hair to pull into a bow. If we’re wondering why Black girls like Tianna Parker are asked to leave school because of their hair style, this is it. If we are wondering why Black women like Rhonda A. Lee are being fired from their jobs because of their hair, this is it. It starts here; with the policing of a two year old’s hair. And a demand that her mother fix it.

 
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