White People Asked to Please Stop Touching Black People’s Hair
BALTIMORE, MD — The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) today asked white people to stop patting the heads of black people to see what their hair feels like.
“If you see someone with a different nose, you don’t just walk up and stick your finger in their nostril now do you?” NAACP Chairwoman Roslyn Brock told the Baltimore Sun.
“And you shouldn’t think it’s okay to just reach out and touch a black person’s hair and say things like “I’ve always wanted to do that” or “Oooooh…it feels so different than my hair.”
“Don’t touch our hair. Don’t ask to touch our hair. Don’t even think about black people’s hair at all.”
The NAACP told the Sun that they are making this request on the heels of a recent incident in Houston where a busload of white NFL Texans’ fans lined up to take selfies of themselves patting the hair of a 68-year-old Afro-American trying to make her way through the parking lot to attend the game.
“Afro-Americans are not flattered that you find our hair so fascinating you can’t resist a test feel,” said Brock.
“If you’ve got your mind set on touching hair that’s different than yours…buy a damn wig.”
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