Right about now, we all should be giving a round of applause to Janice Celeste, the founder/Editor-in-Chief of Successful Black Parenting Magazine. Just a few days ago, Celeste shared a video on Huffington Post to “educate those on the other side — the non-black side” about the beautifully textured tresses that naturally grow from our scalp.
The animated video titled “13 Crazy Things White People Think About Black Hair”, harps on the many myths that non-blacks have about #teamnatural. In the past year, we’ve seen a heinous amount of natural hair shaming ranging from young girls being expelled from school and banned at work to being belittled at salons. “It’s insanity at its best,” Celeste explained.
One of the preconceived notions that made the list was “Black natural hair, like Afros and Afro-puffs are a distraction.” The video goes on to explain, “Well that’s a huge insult and is borderline bullying. That’s how my natural hair goes when put in ponytail holders or when combed. Saying it is a distraction is like saying my face is a distraction because it’s what I was born with. Asking me to process or relax my hair to make you feel comfortable is like asking me to get plastic surgery so you can look at me.” PREACH!
Press play to watch the “13 Crazy Things White People Think About Black Hair,” and feel free to share it with a non-black person that doesn’t understand black natural hair.