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Can I Touch Your Hair?

October 9, 2009

Image Courtesy of Robert S. Donovan

Image Courtesy of Robert S. Donovan

Today’s stupid question comes from Los Angelista.

I found the link to her blog through a re-post of her original on Stuff White People Do.

The question posed by a white woman to Los Angelista, a Black woman with natural hair was, “Can I touch your hair?”

Los Angelista makes the points about what’s wrong with this much better than I ever could, but the audacity of the strange woman went well beyond the original question. Take the time to read this provocative post.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 10, 2009 10:05 pm

    Thank you. Can I tell you how many people ask to touch Francisco’s hair as if he’s some sort of zoo animal? Or to take a photo with him? Or if he’s “a Rasta” because he has dredlocks. Gah. And the number of people who ask if he washes it… if I had a dollar for each of them, we’d be able to buy a house.
    Drives me nuts.

  2. October 10, 2009 10:19 pm

    That’s ridiculous. My heart stared beating faster when I read that post. I can’t believe some people – the nerve!

  3. October 12, 2009 6:08 am

    You can almost (ALMOST) excuse her ignorance when asking to touch her hair…it’s the bit after when she’s back at her towel that is so clearly wrong.

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