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Response to OneBro (Reply #12)

Sun May 13, 2018, 07:03 PM

14. We are talking the same language

See, I'm falling for the latest trend that is discussing cultural appropriation.

I have a funny story. When I was 13-14 I was convinced that I should be a Rastafarian. I let my extremely straight hair grow out so that I could have dreads (although I wasn't quite sure how to achieve those dreads). After about a year I lost interest in having unruly, long hair and cut it, but I was still a Rasta at heart for several years after that. Skip forward to a few weeks ago. I know this young woman who was a previous student of mine. She is black and has dreads. I asked her when she decided she wanted dreads. She told me how, when she was younger, her mother decided she didn't want to deal with her children's hair, so she just started the dreads in both my friend and her sister's hair. I have been snickering about it to myself ever since: what I thought was so crucial to my identity as a teenager was done out of pragmatism by this woman's mother.

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