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Monday, October 24, 2011

Encountering Race, but not Racism

1) I was sitting in the teacher's lounge and two teachers asked me if my hairstyle hurt. Of course I said no and they proceeded to point and smile and said that it looked nice. Then one started to tell me that she has an Ethiopian adopted son. Then she tells me about her neighbor who has a adopted daughter who is also Ethiopian. Here is where the conversation got interesting. She explained to me how curly and dry the little girl's hair was and how it has grown so much since she arrived in Spain. But for the life of her, she and her neighbor couldn't figure out how to make it soft or how to moisturize it. I simply told her to put olive oil on it after she washes it, then blow dry it. Or after it's dry to moisturize her scalp with olive oil every few days. Unfortunately I haven't seen hair products specific to African hair, so olive oil will have to do!

2) Also, one morning my 55 year old Spanish woman roommate asked me, as I was moisturizing my face, "How do people of color keep their skin so young looking?". She said that she knew two people of color who were around 70 years old and had little to no wrinkles! I just told her that it was the melanin and it was natural. What else could I say??

3) Right now my hair(locs) is very curly. I went to a Chino(a discount store-like Dollar Tree-owned by Asians, their(Spanish folk) word-not mine) and had a 10 minute conversation with the cashier about how I made my hair curly, how long would the curls last, and what would happen if I washed it.....Interesting. I'm thinking about writing a book about African hair and having in translated in every European and Asian language! It's crazy to me that we(people of African descent) know EVERYTHING about them(everybody else) but they know close to nothing about us. 

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  1. It's crazy to me that we(people of African descent) know EVERYTHING about them(everybody else) but they know close to nothing about us.

    I think this same thing every single time someone asks me how I get my hair to be so 'big' or curly.

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