"Family gatherings" aka "90% of the people here are racist"
"and claim to be none of these things"
"they’re just joking"
"you’re just going through a phase"
"you’ll get used to it"
"so do you have a boyfriend yet?"
Here’s the thing though.
Every time black people try to lay claim to a thing people pop out of the woodwork to go “lolno”. Egypt is a prime example- people are still reluctant to believe that Africans and Africans are in fact the same people.
I personally dont know anything about dreadlocks beyond wikipedia wisdom. I know its associated with the Rastafarian movement, involves the locking of the hair, and that there’s different methods to achieve it.
Where the annoyance comes in— is the denial. The simple fact that people refuse to let black people have a claim over anything. It happens with our music, or fashion, our vernacular, our countries [look at the Exodus movie]— but for the longest time our hair was something almost exclusively unique to us. We’re the only race of people that naturally has this hair texture. For years we’ve been mocked for it, discriminated against for it, lose jobs and “respect” for it, but now we’ve slowly begun to embrace it again.
And as soon as we do, people jump on the bandwagon and try to say “its not REALLY yours you know.”
If something belongs to black people, people of other races either A) Need to do it too so we “aint special”, or B) need to demean it to where its seen as bad because if they cant do it “who would want ___ anyways??”
Personally I’m not bent out of shape about nonblack folks wearing locs. I dont care one way or the other. But if you’ve been told your whole life that something about you is ugly, then one day you get fed up and decide to rock with it anyways. People are talking shit. Nobody wants to sit with you at lunch because of this, teachers keep pulling you aside because of this, yet you’re at the point where you just dont care anymore.
Suddenly, one day, a girl at school is rocking the same thing you are. And people are all around her going “Wow! That’s SO COOL!” “You look great!” “SO BEAUTIFUL!” “SO ORIGINAL!!”
I think you’d feel some type of way.
Mewtwo Strikes Back and Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction
THAT THEY’RE NOT TRYING
BECAUSE HOW THE FUCK WOULD YOU KNOW IF THEY’RE TRYING OR NOT
JUST BECAUSE IT DOESN’T LIVE UP TO YOUR STANDARDS DOESN’T MEAN THEY’RE NOT TRYING
I remember when I was a fetus I used to sneak out at night while my mother was sleeping
99% of being a musical theatre fan is singing duets by yourself
'why are you sitting in the dark' excuse you I've been sitting here all day and it got dark around me I did not choose this