From Buzzfeed: Things Women With Natural Hair Are Tired of Hearing

“It’s amazing that it’s considered revolutionary to wear my hair the way it grows out of my head.”—Tracie Thoms

It’s hard enough dealing with the microaggressions on an everyday basis from others, but the hardest part of watching this for me was its depiction of the lack of support from family.

It’s definitely a reminder of how we can sometimes internalize the negative messages we receive about ourselves and act out that internalization out in a variety of ways. Hopefully this can be useful in sparking intergroup and intragroup dialogue.


From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins, MSW, LLMSW



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I'm a Social Justice Educator and Aspiring Humanitarian who is interested in conflict resolution, improving intergroup relations, and building more equitable and inclusive communities. "Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian" is my blog, where I write about issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice. By exploring social identities through written word, film & video, and other forms of media, I hope to continue to expand and enrich conversations about social issues that face our society, and to find ways to take social action while encouraging others to do so as well in their own ways.

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  1. zambianlady says:

    Is having natural hair that bad for a black woman in the US? Back home (Zambia) people don’t care much as long as your looks combed and it’s neat. Here in Vienna, Caucasian people seem amazed by it and normally say they prefer it to permed or store bought hair.

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