2020-11-19 07:33

Kamala Harris Chooses to Wear Her Hair Straight — and That's OK Bqk世界播

卡玛拉·哈里斯(Kamala Harris)选择把头发梳直--这没什么。Bqk世界播


The other day, my sister and I were at Target when a young Black girl approached us smiling saying, "Hey, your hair looks like mine!" Bqk世界播


My hair was styled in Bantu knots and my sister was wearing non-synthetic individual braids. This moment was significant for the Black child in our majority white town. It signified that her hair was normal, acceptable, and beautiful. Similar sentiments were felt all around the world, specifically by the Black community, as we saw ourselves in Vice President-elect, Kamala Harris. Bqk世界播

我的头发是班图结的,我妹妹扎着非合成的个人辫子。对于我们这个白人占多数的小镇上的黑人孩子来说,这一时刻意义重大。这意味着她的头发是正常的,可以接受的,而且很漂亮。世界各地都有类似的情绪,特别是黑人社区,就像我们在当选副总统卡玛拉·哈里斯(Kamala Harris)身上看到的那样。Bqk世界播

We felt seen and appreciated as people of color and expressed joy for gaining representation in the White House. We quickly became confident that Harris — as she had so many times in her career — would be a voice for Black and underrepresented communities. Our hope was restored in a country that could grant opportunities to women and people of color. Bqk世界播


With all this, we also wondered what Kamala Harris's time in office could mean for Black hair. The hair decisions afforded to Black women are inherently political. We decide to weave our hair and are accused of assimilating. We wear it natural or in braids and are praised for honoring our diaspora. The versatility of Black hair is a double-edged sword: great for the wearer but open for public scrutiny. Bqk世界播

尽管如此,我们也想知道卡玛拉·哈里斯(Kamala Harris)在位的时间对黑发来说意味着什么。黑人女性的发型决定本质上是政治性的。我们决定编织头发,却被指责同化。我们戴着它是自然的或编成辫子的,并因纪念我们的散居海外而受到赞扬。黑发的多功能性是一把双刃剑:对佩戴者来说很棒,但也可以接受公众的监督。Bqk世界播

When Kamala Harris appeared on stage at the Vice Presidential debate, the internet was split on her hair choice. Twitter users debated if Harris wore a wig resulting in, "Does Kamala Harris wear a wig?" trending. Others relished in the pristine silk press the former senator was rocking. Some, like Atlanta actor Lakeith Stanfield criticized her hair saying, "I don't like her hair, but other than that this is better than the last one but still sad." Bqk世界播

当卡玛拉·哈里斯(Kamala Harris)出现在副总统辩论的舞台上时,互联网上对她的发型选择意见不一。推特用户讨论哈里斯是否戴假发,结果是“卡玛拉·哈里斯戴假发了吗?”流行。其他人则享受着这位前参议员正在摇摆的原始丝绸新闻。一些人,比如亚特兰大演员拉基思·斯坦菲尔德批评她的头发,说:“我不喜欢她的头发,但除此之外,这一次比上一次要好,但仍然很悲伤。”Bqk世界播

I get that if you've never experienced hair discrimination, wondering why Harris wears her hair straight and not might not be a big deal to you. But understand that just because it isn't your lived experience doesn't mean it's not discrimination. Our hair has been marked as "unacceptable" for so long and by not being OK with the Vice President-elect's hairstyle, you are indirectly saying how she chooses to wear her hair should not be her choice. Bqk世界播


According to Adjoa B. Asamoah, an impact and political strategist who developed with Dove the legislative strategy for the CROWN Act — a law put in place to end hair discrimination for Black people - CROWN represents a "movement of choice including the choice and the right to straighten your hair if you chose without being on the receiving end of discrimination." In other words, the CROWN act was established to legitimize our experiences and our choice in deciding what hairstyle to wear, so why can't the same be applied to Kamala Harris? Bqk世界播

影响力和政治战略家阿德约亚·B·阿萨莫阿(Adjoa B.Asamoah)与多芬共同制定了《皇冠法案》(Crown Act)的立法策略,该法案旨在结束对黑人的头发歧视。阿德约亚·B·阿萨莫阿(Adjoa B.Asamoah)表示,皇冠代表着一种“选择的运动,包括选择和权利,如果你愿意,可以在不受到歧视的情况下把头发拉直。”换句话说,皇冠法案的设立是为了让我们的经历和我们在决定穿什么发型时的选择合法化,那么为什么卡玛拉·哈里斯(Kamala Harris)就不能这样做呢?Bqk世界播

You can chalk it up to the growing list of things to never say about Black hair, like "Is it real?" or "Can I touch it?" or "Do you wash your hair?" To be clear, as a Black woman, I think it's quite normal to daydream about the potential awareness and representation the world could witness with Harris rocking her natural texture (whatever that may be) but ultimately that's not for us to decide. If she wants to wear her hair straight, I want the world to be OK with that. Bqk世界播


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