“Oh, The Happy I Have Found In My Nappy.”. Since I Began

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“Oh, the happy I have found in my nappy.” Since I began my natural hair journey I am persistently overshadowed with a multitude of confused stares from strangers in public, and unfiltered conversations from Black men and women pertaining to my decision to be “Natural”. Those experiences launched my curiosity about the politics of Black women’s natural hair in America. Instead of considering that Black women who opt to wear their natural hair may have begun a journey to true acceptance of themselves, they are shunned upon for not conforming to Society’s westernized standards of beauty. Thus, Black women’s natural hair are identified as employing a form of resistance to our cultural history of oppression. Throughout this essay, I will…show more content…
Walker strongly encouraged Black women to free themselves of being economically reliant on White people as well as Black men. Walker used hair as a tool to reconstruct a new identity for Black women to become their own boss, and to have the option to control their capital. Rooks uses Walker’s experiences with the media as an explanation on how the misrepresentation of beauty for African American women was originated. The second book I will discuss is Hair Matters: Beauty, Power, and Black Women’s Consciousness by Ingrid Banks which was created to explain the relationship between black women’s hair and how it relates to their cultural identity. Banks takes on an analytical approach in her ethnographic research on 61 Black women of various ages, and provided a platform for informal discourse on the politics of Black women’s hair in America. The inspiration behind Hair Matters was launched during November 1998, when Ruth Sherman a White teacher at a predominantly Hispanic and Black public school supplied her third-grade students with a children’s book written by Carolivia Herron titled “Nappy Hair”. The book was about a child of color embracing her hair texture, however the incident caused national attention and received a multitude of backlash. Residents in Brooklyn felt that the term “Nappy” was inappropriate, and that the White teacher had no right to

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