oh for goodness sake. I knew someone would bring skin colour into all of this.
The fact is, hair becomes matted naturally when unbrushed, and despite dreadlocks being associated with the Rastafari movement, most cultures/countries have had dreadlocks over the centuries such as South/West Asia, many European countries e.g the Netherlands (which is where I’m half from), Greece, Turkey, etc as well as India, Nepal, the list goes on. Not just countries of Africa.
And besides, if hairbrushes didn’t exist we’d all be running around with forms of dreadlocks, whether white black or asian. Because we all have hair, and hair becomes matted when left to simply be. I’ve often found my hair forming dreadlocks when I haven’t brushed it for a while.
Restricting a natural form of wearing your hair to one continent from the rest of the world only creates more separation, division of culture and in that, humanity. I don’t believe our world needs anymore separation and conflict. The fact is that modern society has enabled cultures to mix and learn about one another, and that is a wonderful thing.
So I really dislike how the phrase ‘cultural appropriation’ has become so casual. Hell, you could call out ‘cultural appropriation’ to someone in the street eating sushi, or someone who practices meditation and yoga. Does the fact that something originated in a certain country mean that it should stay there forever? that other humans aren’t allowed to learn and experience it? So where do you draw the line, you could say that people from Africa shouldn’t be allowed to live in England because they didn’t originate from there. Maybe people should just stop visiting other countries all together, in fear of cultures mixing and influencing one another. That isn’t my personal belief at all, but where does it stop?
So don’t tell me what advice to give, I’m well aware of what your saying I just don’t agree with it.
I JUST RAN (well, jogged) MY FIRST MILE, NON-STOP, AND I AM SO HAPPY WITH MYSELF!!