Not Black …Enough?

“Oh Victoria you’re not black enough to wear braids…”

In honor of black history month I’d just like to ask …what does being “not black enough” even mean? I have ancestry that derives straight out of Africa, so I can’t help but be confused when people make those ignorant claims. So what you’re saying is because I have a light skin tone, and “good” hair (whatever that means), I’m not black, or rather “black enough” to embrace my roots?

Do people realize the implications that are being made about the black community when they say this?

What is “bad” hair then?

Too often, people believe that in order to be “beautiful” among the black community, you have to be mixed…or at least have light skin. I personally blame the media and hair marketing corporations, for these false assertions that far too many people seem to have.

Simply google “team light skin”, and you’ll find nonsense like this.

Yes, although I do come from a diverse background of races, every race is beautiful, and if it wasn’t for my black, yes…BLACK ancestry, I would not have the curls that I’ve grown to love so much. To be honest, it’s been a journey coming to love my hair for what it is. As a young child I hated my hair. I would cry to my mom asking why I couldn’t have bone straight hair like hers.

I can remember how upset my father would be to hear me say things like that.

As a young kid, obviously I didn’t get it. But now I do. I was basically rejecting my roots, his roots, and ultimately the roots that make me who I am.

So…um yeah I’m mixed.

And it doesn’t make me any less “black.” If you’d do some research, more specifically on african american history, or even african research in general you’ll see that today many blacks are mixed (whether they acknowledge it or not). What people fail to realize is that, what we call the “black race”, due to many generational causes (slavery, bi-racial mating etc..) has become such an immensely diverse race by itself.

“Some 58 percent of African Americans possess at least 12.5 percent European blood. In other words, our variances in complexion and hair texture are more likely to be attributed to our White ancestry (which most of us have via slavery, even if we cannot trace it back on our family trees) …”

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Many people have this common notion that all people from Africa look the same, at least as far as hair goes anyway. Honestly, it’s because that is what today’s media would have you believe. Newsflash guys… if you think this way, I encourage you to read below. Because quite frankly, you…

Couldn’t be more false!!!!!

Meet Marrakesh, a little girl native to Morrocco. (via North Africa)
And here we have a small girl, native to Sudan. (via East Africa)
A model native of Mali (via West Africa)








Above we have 3 women, all of different skin tones, and hair textures. However what they each share in common is that they all happen to be from Africa. In today’s world that’s all it takes to define someone as “black.” Especially after you consider that in America specifically, “The nation’s answer to the question ‘Who is black?” has long been that a black is any person with any known African black ancestry.” 

Here’s  another shocking fact. Not all girls with curly hair have the same curl patterns. They might have something close, but never the same. Some of us have tighter curls, and some of us have looser curls.

Just don’t try to condemn someone’s black heritage simply because her curls aren’t as tight as the wildly inaccurate and uneducated stereotype you’re using to categorize the  black women of today. 🙂

I’m just gonna leave this here :-*


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