October 24, 2013 by multiracialsky
As a mother to children with four different textures of hair, our family has been forced to navigate the slippery terrain of overzealous hair touchers: extended family, friends (big and small), teachers, and those ever-present strangers in the grocery store. I have gotten bolder about saying, “Don’t touch her hair!” and even learned to see the grasp coming before contact has been made. But still, what is it about Black hair that makes everyone forget their manners? This is not a petting zoo! My children are people, not exotic objects.
Please, please go watch this short documentary film by un’ruly called You Can Touch My Hair.