ABC's What Would You Do? has a way to make viewers think. The actual title, "A White Male Haircutter Faces Racism At A Black Barbershop," should give you an idea of what to expect.
As a naturalista, my natural curls are off limits to people who have no experience with handling kinky curly hair. I learned my lesson 15 years ago when I sat down in the chair of a hairdresser who didn't have much experience with Black people's hair. I even asked the hairdresser, "Have you worked with my type of hair before?" She reassured me that she did. I knew there was a problem when she started to trim my hair wet. A big no, no for kinky curly hair. I haven't let another non-person of color work on my hair since.
I asked my family to forgive me for not agreeing to this particular segment of WWYD.
Barbershop Part Two
Now the next segment, WWYD flipped the script in the barbershop, this time it was a Black female barber giving her two cents on who one of the customers chose to date. WWYD title speaks for itself - "Interracial Couple Faces Racist Attacks By a Black Woman"
I applaud the customers reactions and responses. ABC even decided to repeat the episode because it received more than 3 million hits on social media. Very impressive. My Facebook post generated a little buzz from my rainbow of friends. But I have to be honest with you, I was waiting for that one ignorant customer, whether they were Black or White, to say something stupid. I was waiting for that one person to agree with the Black female barber.
I was in an interracial relationship for more than 5 years and from the very beginning we got stares, glares and rude comments. "I don't understand why you don't get a young, Black man. There's plenty to go around," one woman said my boyfriend and I as we walked down a New York City street. I was angry but mostly embarrassed that my people continue to feel this way. I was even more embarrassed that they have the courage to share their thoughts out loud and to my face in the world's biggest racial melting pot.
I found this segment a bit off because I know there are still people out there who have not accepted interracial relationships. I'm calling out to @WWYDABC for the unedited version of "Interracial Couple Faces Racist Attacks By a Black Woman."
Now it's your turn, tell me what you think? Would you let just anybody touch your natural curls with a razor? Are you surprised that there wasn't that one ignorant customer giving their thoughts on the interracial couple. I'll be happy to secretly tape my ex-mother in-law who is still blaming White America for her set backs. Point is, I know that racism still exists no matter which way you cut it.
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Thursday, January 9, 2014
What Would You Do?
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