|Nappiology dfw, a local Non- profit that celebrates and educate on "Nappy Hair"|
I love this shirt for a few reasons, primarily because its comfortable!! Most of the time I forget what it reads. Saturday my hubby and I decided to tour our own city... (that was a great idea btw, we should do it more often!)
|Clyde Warren Park In Dallas|
As I was waiting on my food at one of the food trucks I was approached by a male of the opposite race, and he carefully asked me "I just want to know, is it racist to say that someone has Nappy Hair or to use the word Nappy?" I must admit I was a bit caught off?? Until I remembered what I was wearing!
It's funny because this question wasn't as clear cut to answer for me as I thought it would have been? I knew that I really could not answer for all black people with this hair texture? So I said, "I guess it depends how you say it and why you said it? Only you know what your motives are for using the word. I also said, it also depends on who you say it too!" I also went on to describe to him what our hair texture really is as it grows out of our scalps. Many people have misunderstood our hair type, even us! I told him its a real hair texture and not something that is matted and not groomed or maintained.
|Pomp and Pony|
I rarely use the word "nappy" to describe kinky or tightly coiled hair, but I also don't really have a problem with the word. I do know that a lot of African Americans do have a problem with it, and many in the Natural Hair Community do not. So I believe this is why I wasn't sure how to answer him initially.
I believe the origins of the word is racist. However, many African Americans use the word to define "bad" hair or naturally kinky hair also. So its almost like, we can say it, but they can't?(sounds familiar) Idk just my take on it.
When I was growing up it was definitely considered negative in our community and in our homes. And as an adult I've experienced it as being negative but not necessarily racist. Now days, with the ever growing natural hair movement among African American women, it has caused people to look at the word a lot differently. Many are embracing the word "nappy hair", but at the same time I know the word still brings up hurtful memories and negativity for some and they don't want their hair referred to as "nappy." So when unsure I wouldn't use it to describe any one's hair but my own.
So, How would you have answered this curious stranger?