'Seriously, your nappy headed child whose hair is full of chemicals is clouding the pool.' I wonder if this is what the owner of an apartment building in Cincinnati said to his tenant who happened to be the father of a biracial child. I mean I know some people come out the mouth with some outrageous things but really are you for real (reminds me of a line in one of Lil Wayne's song-----You should close your mouth and let your A*& talk). So if the little girl's hair was straight I wonder if the landlord would have objected to her swimming in the pool. Which makes me think that this isn't just a case of racism towards skin color but racism towards hair texture?!?!? There is a lot of hate in this world but you have to be pretty bad off to hate on a child or anyone because of their hair texture.
The real problem I have with this is the effect that it will have on the little girl. No matter what neighborhood she moves to or pool she swims in I am sure that she will always remember the incident where she could not swim in the pool because her hair was natural. Which may create a complex in her mind that straight hair is better. Which inevitably happens to be the reason why many of us had chemically straightened hair before we could count to two. What a shame....
One a happier and more uplifting note, for the community of natural hair lovers that have encouraged so many of us on our journey. The support that we all have is tremendous from blogs that are dedicated to natural hair, youtube channels, Facebook groups/pages, Twitterverse, meet ups, Natural hair shows, etc have played a tremendous role in uplifting naturalistas who were told that their hair wasn't beautiful or may potentially cloud the pool.
In my opinion, one of the perks of being natural is the ability to get your hair wet!
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