Note: I know this says Kathy Rae–but the updated version of this is Addison Rae. She is the White girl that went on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, doing the UP dance (badly!) which she copied from Black creators on TikTok. Addison Rae is the representation of the mediocrity, and the thievery of the greater, blank, White culture. I said what I said. -JBHarris
On Monday, I talked about Tignon Laws at the end of my post. I hope you Googled it. With that said, let’s get into the cultural appropriation of hair that is a slap in the face to Black women.
I started getting my hair straightened when I was about 5 or 6. I got my first perm at 9. There has never been a time where what grew out of my head naturally wasn’t a problem! Either to myself, my family or where I was working. I remember one offer of employment at a local hospital–in the employee handbook no less!–said that if your hair had to be a natural color occurring in nature.
Coded language translated as: Black girls, do not use your expression here as it relates to your hair.
The thing about this hair conversation is that it is an insult! I have to defend, I have to change, my hair in its natural state in order to get a job–but Addison can watch one box braid tutorial, have her one friend with the Black boyfriend to give her ‘boxer braids’, and she can go to work–and no one will bother her! These dames can go into Urban Outfitters and get hoop earrings to go with these looks and be seen as chic, or trendsetting. Meanwhile, if I do the same, or other Black women do the same, then we are a distraction and are disciplined for this!
I mean the CROWN ACT isn’t even 5 years old! There had to be legislation created, enacted and passed in order for Black people to just be BLACK at work, but Addison wants to take that from us and expects us not to be offended?
I mean, where should I begin with this? Your hair isn’t made to do what ours does–period! It is not fair for the styles most Black girls grew up wearing, learning, and perfecting the LAW has to give us permission to do? The fact that had to happen, and a class of Addison Rae thinks they did something by watching ’10 with Bo Derek that one time, and wore hoop earrings on ‘Casual Friday’ think they did something! You are not making something chic because you stole the idea from someone else, Miss Millie!
Black women are not flattered because you are in enamored with our culture so much that would like to steal it. We have been hip to you all for centuries–and Jordan Peele affirmed on screen everything our grandmothers, mothers and aunts whispered about. And to be honest–I’m glad Georgina fought that dame that tried to take her over. I truly am.
Do better, Addison.