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5 times wypipo got caught f*cking with black women’s hair in 2017

December 15, 2017
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Hair is a sensitive matter for Black women on the best day, so you know when White people or White institutions mess with that sacred relationship, things inevitably go belly-up.

Here are some of the moments White folks tried to mess with a Black woman’s crown in 2017:

1. Solange to magazine: ‘Don’t touch my hair’, after they partly erase her hair on cover

Solo was quick to point out that that’s not how her hair looked at the time of the photo shoot and that The Evening Standard instead made the decision to crop the hair-do:

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A post shared by Solange (@saintrecords) on Oct 19, 2017 at 9:25am PDT


2. Lupita Nyong’o blasts Grazia for editing out her kinky hair on cover

“As I have made clear so often in the past with every fiber of my being, I embrace my natural heritage and despite having grown up thinking light skin and straight, silky hair were the standards of beauty, I now know that my dark skin and kinky, coily hair are beautiful too,” Lupita said. “Had I been consulted, I would have explained that I cannot support or condone the omission of what is my native heritage with the intention that they appreciate that there is still a very long way to go to combat the unconscious prejudice against black women’s complexion, hair style and texture.”

3. WTF: this teen was called into asst. principal’s office because her afro was too “extreme”

Photo via WCTV

After rocking her afro for most of the school year, Seventeen-year-old Jenesis Johnson was confronted by a teacher at North Florida Christian in Tallahassee. In front of the class, her teacher asked, “How long are you rocking that hairstyle?“, leading Johnson’s classmates to ask her questions about the maintenance. RUDE.

4. 15-year-old Lauren Kayondo received detention for wearing box braids to Boston school

High school student Lauren Kayondo was punished at her Boston charter school after refusing to remove her box braids. After receiving multiple detentions for refusing to comply with administration officials, the detentions snowballed into an all-out suspension because apparently, her protective hairstyle is more important than her education.

“It’s discrimination,” Lauren’s mom Annette Namuddu said. “I see white kids with colored hair and you are not supposed to color your hair, and they walk around like it’s nothing.”

At the same school, 15-year-old twins Deanna and Mya Cook also faced multiple petitions and the threat of suspension over their super-cute box braids.

5. Sixteen-year-old South Sudanese-Australian twins Grace and Tahbisa pulled out of class after being told hairstyles don’t “represent” their school

Earlier this year, two South Sudanese decent twins, Grace and Tahbisa, were called out of class by school officials at their Melbourne public school to be told that their braided hair “doesn’t represent the school,” and were told to remove them. “It’s not a problem and it doesn’t affect our education. They are asking us to look like everyone else,” said Grace. The sister’s argued that the school, Bentleigh Secondary College, was attacking their African heritage, not fairly applying the school’s dress code in an appropriate way that considers context.

“The school’s principal, Helene Hiotis, originally said the girls had to remove their braids to comply with the school’s “strict uniform policy” that “applies equally to all students,” but by Friday they had been offered an exemption,” The Guardian reported.


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