I was scanning through my Facebook …. as you do when you hope to procrastinate when you should actually be doing Uni work, and I came across this comment from a friend of mine who was speaking with one of his friends from his university i’m guessing … I don’t really care. Its caught my eye and seems somewhat interesting, and I though I ought to share it with you and grasp your opinions …

THE COMMENT …..

I want someone to challenge this view. I understand this is a very touchy topic. I’ve just had a black friend tell me ‘oh I don’t like that person he/she wants to be white because they relax their hair. ‘ while I understand all the implications behind this and the ideas of women in history wanting to be white to be treated differently, and that this used to be an issue I personally found the claim that ‘ALL (I PUT EMPHASIS ON ALL) black women who relax their hair want to be¬†white’ extremely ignorant. I immediately went on to defend black women who relax their hair in the sense that not every woman who relaxes their hair ‘wants to be white’ and a lot do it simply due to preference. I was ridiculed because this person strongly believed it’s ‘trying to be white’.. I was also ridiculed and told I do not understand black history enough to argue when trying to express that not EVERY black person who wants to relax their hair ‘wants to be white’. Would anyone wish to comment ?

 

Help me understand my people as I find myself getting confused by the way people claim one thing, then the next, I need my mind open to the matters that these people still find entertaining…

MY RESPONSE ……

I will just say, whatever someone’s opinion is, it is their’s to have. I find when you start to analyse the comments of people with narrow views on matters that do not concern them, that you loose yourself in things some what meaningless. I neither turn against a black woman or man but I do not stand beside them as well. Every matter has a new meaning and every discussion draws new outcomes. Would that make me less black and more white. Its really a subject that would need to be studied by the person making the comment and also for them to look further than the history, but toward the new meanings that the world translates for these matters. Ignorance is key for the world to go round, there must be some ignorant people for the intellectual to teach. other wise we would be very bored. I wish that individual and yourselves a very blessed day.

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