The viral video of a black San Francisco State University employee physically and verbally assaulting a white SFSU student with dreadlocks has resulted in some titillating headlines and opened up a national debate on the topic of, “cultural appropriation.” HMMM
The black woman accuses the white boy of not having the right to wear is hair in dreadlocks. Newsflash, angry black woman, there is evidence of many cultures, not just those with black skin hailing from the continent of Africa or the Island of Jamaica, wearing dreadlocks. They are worn for many reasons: an expression of deep religious or spiritual convictions, a manifestation of ethnic pride, to make a political statement, or simply as a fashion preference.
- The Old Testament (you know, from The Bible Judges 16:13) recounts the tale of Samson and Delilah in which a man’s potency is directly linked to ‘the seven locks on his head’
- Hair matching the description of dreadlocks is mentioned in the Veda scriptures of India, dated to 1800 BC;
- Today in India, dreadlocks are spotted among Sadhus (holy men);
- Historic accounts suggest that Germanic tribes, Celts, Greeks and the Vikings wore dreadlocks;
- Egyptian King Tut (1332 – 1323 BC) wore dreadlocks. It is often, wrongly, assumed that Egypt (officially known as The Arab Republic of Egypt) is an African nation. Egypt is actually the world’s only contiguous Eurafrasian country: a country whose land mass spans two continents from the northeast corner of Africa to the southwest corner of Asia via a land bridge known as the Sinai Peninsula which divides the Red Sea and Mediterranean Sea.
The woman attacking the boy and accusing him of cultural appropriation doesn’t appear to be Egyptian. I can only assume that she is claiming it as part of her African heritage.
But no, that wouldn’t work for her argument either, as all of those cultures far pre-date the historically cited 1930’s Ethiopian Rastafarian protest-borne practice of men wearing their hair in dreadlocks until their Emperor, Ras Tafari, was returned to power.
Her argument certainly doesn’t hold any weight if she’s referring to dreadlocks as a right of Jamaican culture. Real mainstream cultural establishment came when dreadlock sporting, committed Rastafari, Jamaican Bob Marley came into his real fame with the worldwide success of his album, Exodus in 1977.
I’m not sure what culture this woman claims to be part of that this poor student was accused of stealing his look from, but I hope that she is prosecuted and fired for her assault. I also think she better review her knowledge of history before she continues spouting off at people. There are always video cameras/smart phones available to document public ignorance. Hmmm indeed!
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