Will I Ever Not Be Surprised To See A Black Woman With Natural Hair?
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Natural-haired black women were everywhere I turned on this particular day.
It was a day like any other day; or so it seemed. I got into my car and dropped my daughter off at school. I drove to the train station and parked my car. But as I walked to the train, I spotted two naturalistas.
I changed stops; hopped onto another train. Bam – four more! Walking to my office, I spot three more black women rocking their natural hair; loose and free.
Lunch time – off to the salad bar. I spot four more kinky curly divas. It’s as if I had been wearing rose colored glasses and then suddenly took the glasses off and was seeing the world for the first time. Everywhere I turned, black women with beautiful natural hair were there.
When the realization hit me that there were so many black women with natural hair going about their day: off to work, to school; leaving their special footprint on the world on that day, I was surprised that there were so many women with natural hair. Then I felt surprised that I was even surprised.
Seeing ten black women with natural hair in a 4 hour period may not sound like a lot, but where I’m from, black people are far from the majority.
With each encounter, I could swear that we had a special bond. It was clear that they noticed me too. Some smiled slightly when we made eye contact. Others gave that “knowing” look: Yeah, I see you sister; walking proud. Showcasing those kinky curls that God gave you.
At least that’s what I hope they were thinking. Maybe I should put the rose colored glasses back on…
Author: Dianne Shaddock
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