A. When you have enough hair to grow bantu knots and can have HR write you up for it or have people harassing you to “touch your hair,” then I would describe your point as valid. This is very much an issue of black WOMEN’S hair, historically and figuratively, to be frowned upon and white women’s hair gushed over for the exact same style. The bikini? I get it. The hair? Absolutely ridiculous, unnecessary and does not achieve the same results. Also, Caribbean people do not own this style. I keep hearing this African-American versus Caribbean argument (as though one trumps the other), but bantu knots are linked to the Zulu tribe in South Africa.

B. You seem to be very much on board with predominantly white shows showcasing a myriad of personalities. Black folks do it and it’s frowned upon? To each his own. I’m done.

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