Girl With Dreads Writes An Amazing Response To Bullies
Cara Hain, a student at West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania, was criticized for the type of hairstyle that she has chosen for herself. Dreadlocks are often seen more in the African American communities, so when ‘Christa’, another student saw Hain with dreadlocks, she expressed her negative opinion of it.
“Hi Christa! I obviously saw/was told about how you attacked me on social medias because I am white and I have dreadlocks….my first question is why wouldn’t you say anything to me in person? I saw you that day standing next to me in Sykes and I recognized you from women’s leadership things and advocacy things around campus. I’ve had literally hundreds of people of color compliment my hair in person but never have I had someone say something negative to me in person – only attack me from behind a screen. I do not respect how you went about your stand point. A person hoping to point out ignorance should strive to educate not humiliate and you picked humiliate.
That’s being said…I would really like to have a conversation about cultural appropriation with you. To be honest I had never heard of the term cultural appropriation when I first got my dreadlocks, I learned about the concept later. I wanted and have dreadlocks because I was having too big of a problem detangling my hair everyday from the mini knots and locks that would form.
I take it you don’t know this because of everything you said..but did you know the first known dreadlocks were found in ancient Egypt? Dreadlocks were written about in The Old Testament. Celts, Germanic tribes, Greeks, and Vikings have all been said to have dreadlocks (some people I have read said Vikings didn’t so no one really knows). Dreadlocks have a BIG history in India. Rastafarianism is a religion where dreadlocks are extremely well known- very popular in black and Jamaican culture. Dreadlocks are a form of religion or spirituality. They date back to even 2500 BC when Vedic deity Shiva and his followers had them. Some other populations famous for dreadlocks throughout history are the Nazarite, Yogis, Gyanis, and the Tapasvis, monks of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, and early Christians.
Dreadlocks are a spiritual symbol used to express that physical appearance and vanity are unimportant, but there are more than a symbol. They also hold the tradition that energy is released through the head/hair so those who have dreadlocks hold the energies in – making that person stronger and healthy.
The comb and brush are inventions that have been around for a small fraction of history and you want to know a hairstyle used by almost every culture at some point throughout history before those inventions!? Dreadlocks!
So you’re so right, dreadlocks are far more than a hairstyle. If you want to know more about what my dreadlocks mean to me I’d be happy to tell you. Dreadlocks are not owned by one culture but in fact thousands of cultures. You chose to fight my “ignorance” with humiliation and I chose to fight your ignorance with education :)”
Article: Coral Hain