Have you ever been asked can afro hair grow long at your job by a colleague that is not African American? I sure have on many occasions when I was in the corporate work force. They couldn’t believe my natural hair was long without clip on extensions or weave. Now a friend of mine has experienced this same insult.
Here is the exact way it was said.
I didn’t know that black people could grow hair that long, I thought you had to have weave.
Don’t worry I remained calm. However it did upset me because the individuals truly believed that what they were saying was true. I can’t believe that there are people in the 21st century that still think this way as if they have never seen a movie or picture from the 70’s.
Before relaxers became really heavy in the black hair industry all you saw for the most part was long natural hair in the form of an afro.
So if you have never had this problem or if you encounter something similar in the future, direct that person to this post.
If you can’t do that Google a 1970’s black film and asked them what do they mean.