This is a vent.
I just had a conversation with someone I love dearly. I won’t say who she was because I want to protect the innocent. The conversation started because we were talking about an interview I had that didn’t go so well. So, she asked, “I don’t know much about North Carolina or whether it’s more or less like Georgia, but do you see a lot of people with natural hair there?” Already, I knew this conversation would be one for the books. My response was, “Yes. There are more people here with natural hair than without, it seems.” Then she went on to recommend that I blow-out or straighten my hair for interviews………………………………………………. Really? For real? The white-washed corporate world will never accept us for who we NATURALLY are if we don’t demand that respect by accepting ourselves. That sounded a lot like, “Well, have you considered using skin-lightening treatments before interviews.” Swerve. Nope. I haven’t. And I won’t, but thanks for the suggestion o_O
My name is Robyn. I’m black. I will always be black. I love being black. My hair naturally grows out of my scalp in a tight spiral pattern. Whether or not I choose to relax it will be on me. It will not be to attain a position with a company who prefers it. There are plenty of professional ways to wear natural hair and black people who think otherwise and act otherwise are giving America more cause to believe that being your black self is something you can and will change for the right amount of money.
Child, boo. And during Black History Month, too.
I still love you, though.