Black Girl Confessions from Afrostolz and Everyday Racism

Town to call my home, would be an understatement, but this place has still not to offer crowds and diversity. Even if all’ my friend * inside and I love the Christmas season or the summer months find the medium Pearl in the North and Mama’s guest bed, I breathe up not infrequently relieved, if I again go back the historic city gates.

When women of color was growing up far from the city, particularly in the retrospective, a not so easy task. I was in the fourth grade under the tears happen a chemical straightening treatment on my hair and decided, after some teachers titled my hair as unkempt, to hide my hurt locks for the entire Middle school under a denim bandana. 17, it was finally so far: free the FRO! Finally, I felt safe and well with my MOP, learned how it is important to maintain it and since then enthusiastically all natural hair absorbing tips, like my thirsty hair the vegetable oils. On the streets of Lübeck that large, Brown something was usually interested looks and verunsichertes inquiries. My hair stayed something especially because rare and striking. Although I feel today prima with skin and hair, is and remains an intimate and emotional issue, which I feel from time to time are still a bit better to understand my Afro.

I call the spade a spade: people of color are usually not only beautiful curls, but a piece of world history, politics and above all identity on the head. While I knead every day different moisturizer in my hair so that it does not dry out, enslaved Africans * inside of the United States of the 19th century with butter and lard had to help themselves to maintain their curls. Black people were dehumanised by it described her hair as (Schafs-) wool and particularly women fought for their rights decades – and for which their afros.

Good hair – bad hair. Big curls, small curls that quickly knot fine swinging, – the versatile types of hair and hairstyles of POC’s for POC it created, have existed for many years and make out the dark swirling a lot more colorful bunch of beauty and individuality. For this chemical smoothing, especially weaves and braids are not about. In many ways it was to curb said “mane”, to facilitate the care, but also a way to avoid the common will of the white population, to adapt from free pieces of common standards or simply to try something new. With their Prachtafro Angela Davis was y to the icon of the Black Power movement and prompted many women to live their weaves to say and to shine her hair in all originality.

Today I see Cornrows in fashion spreads and music videos to white women and think it is important not to disregard it, where the so-called “Boxer braids trend” finds its origin. Even though she rocked the look fine, not its creator Jennifer Rostock is in Hengstin and also the Jenner clan was not a pioneer of the hairstyle that is so strong and female. Cornrows, as we know them today, are aka “Boxer Braids” a hairstyle popular in Africa forever and especially for POC throughout the world already no longer a secret tip long’s. A hairstyle please each * r the * of lust has wear to the media but was captured my opinion wrong.

It’s more than it did in the “ethno-look” only a newly developed trend, but adaptations of other cultures, which is more than just Coolnes a lot. Please keep in mind, fashion Germany < 3

So he may seem robust: my Afro is very sensitive. It don’t like him so completely from the nothing to be touched. Who does like to Pat by strangers in the head? And like it still so alien and fluffy invite to the crawl, he heard but just like the rest of my body to my privacy. I know exactly how it is important to protect him.

My skin is darker than this and that and my hair not dangle my back down now even in a long ponytail. Often this means that must arise here and there, drawers and I me wary, not into it to be prodded. I can dance very well because I have the rhythm in blood, nor am I born rapper or a voice wonder because I’m Halbafrikanerin.

Exactly such assumptions have anchored but over the years in many minds and are difficult to get to erase. Positive racism with not only me ever since I can remember. Said comments have affected me, taught me close listening and in the face of new Fellows now always again friendly but firmly on statements point out me that good I personally don’t.

I practice myself in patience. Explain over and over again, what I consider to be reasonable and what is not. I am trying to give a small portion of sensibility as many people as possible: currently this is exactly maybe something like my secret mission.

Many feel alienated, quickly alienated when I respond to intimate questions with a cool response or are irritated if I nudge her hands from my hair. We should touch us in many situations on their own nose (or your own hair) and treating other people as we ourselves want to be treated. It’s so easy. It’s nothing new. Wait for the right moment for the right question, let the hair of our relation to just to be hair and especially achtsamer, with regard to certain formulations.

Everyone, whether with one, two or drölf nationalities, deals differently with personal issues. Every human being has made other experiences, other preferences or red cloths. Also I think that me always in mind. Awareness-raising is probably the key word.

We all can and should learn in dealing with each other so much. This first start together with related knowledge is actually not so difficult to implement. Or you?

 

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