"Meteorologist fired after defending her ‘ethnic’ hair"
Below, I've posted a link to the above story, which appears on Melissa Harris-Perry's page on MSNBC.com. But first, I give my point of view.
Here's the thing: I am more angered over the attitudes of black women and men when it comes to natural hair, short-and-natural hair especially, than I am angered over the attitudes and reactions of whites toward this look.
Who are these black people who hold such narrow-minded perspectives on our hair, our skin -- and then openly and destructively express these views?! (Think Gabby Douglas.)
This striving-to-be-something-other-than-black has got to stop. Look, everyone doesn't have to be "natural." But if you feel shame and embarrassment when you see black women who do wear a natural look -- yes, even naturally dark skin -- I want to say to you: Shut the heck up about it!! Keep that to yourself, and go get therapy to work out that self-hating instinct.Below is the opening of the story, and the link to the rest of the piece follows. First, read the background by reporter Jamil Smith. Then, there's video of Harris-Perry's "teachable moment" on black women and hair. Now, I am sorry that her comment about Chris Rock's film "Good Hair" (on DVD) will discourage those who haven't seen it from wanting to see it, because I think in this age of Brazilian blow-outs that film needs to be seen by black women. But that's just a sidebar. In the video, Harris offers a needed lesson to non-whites on black hair. That needs to be done every generation or so. She also speaks with some other black women about the hair thing.
Yes, it is we, ourselves, with whom we need to be having the conversation.
(I could write a more thoughtful and detailed piece about this. But I don't have time to do that. And I just needed to get it out of my head!)
Meteorologist fired after defending her ‘ethnic’ hair
5:34 pm on 12/12/2012
“[T]he black lady that does the news is a very nice lady.the only thing is she needs to wear a wig or grow some more hair. im not sure if she is a cancer patient. but still its not something myself that i think looks good on tv. what about letting someone a male have waist long hair do the news.what about that (cq).”http://tv.msnbc.com/2012/12/12/meteorologist-fired-after-defending-her-ethnic-hair/