Nepal. Burma. Thailand. Columbia. Vietnam. America. All in one classroom. Straight hair, spiked, kinky, curly hair. Black, bleached and streaked. No one asked about hair. International students shared stories of vast, snow-topped mountain ranges, school days that end at noon, and how kids had to walk three miles to school. No mention of hair.
So what does hair have to do with it?
Prior to reading about how Afro-Brazilian Actress, Taís Araújo has dealt with cowardice folks, I was juggling a well polished, pull-beauty-out-of-the-air kinda answer. I have not read the racist Facebook comments posted on her page because I shall not step out of the Christ-like ways that I work on diligently to inhabit. I shall not spill my ounce of anger out onto a world stage. Instead, I elected to let Kendrick Lamar’s “We Gon’ Be Alright” channel my anger, thus allowing me to forge ahead with my writing…..whew.
Nothing and everything. Hair is everything when we feed it our prejudices, judgements, and misunderstandings. My answer came clearly thanks to the racists who choked on a picture of Araújo’s full, beautiful spirals…Everything and nothing.