Blue Ivy Carter is only days away from her 6th birthday, and I thought it was the perfect time to show her off just a tad. And not just because I am a card-carrying member of the Beyhive, either. Nah, this is about celebrating natural hair in children, especially children who have been ridiculed because of their hair.
I firmly believe that much of the outrage about Blue Ivy’s hair is rooted in texture discrimination. If she had been born with loose, spiral curls, no one would ask her her parents to comb her hair. Apparently, allowing your hair to just be is only permissible if you have shiny ringlets. And I know this to be true because even my son has been met with this form of criticism from my family members. I’ll be on my way out the door with JB (after having moisturized his hair and applied a styling product), and someone in my family will be all, “aren’t you going to comb his hair?”
But I digress. Before we segue into celebrating the glory that is Blue Ivy’s textured mane, let us take a trip down memory lane, shall we? Let us remember the time when it was commonplace to hear black folks speaking negatively about Blue’s hair. Indeed, there was even a petition created on change.org for the sole purpose of shaming this child and her parents. Check it out here.
Some of the comments included:
Sarah LanstonI’m signing because I think it’s very important that she gets her hair combed too, Beyonce’s hair is always ‘Flawless’ when she’s out in public, but when it comes to Blue Ivy, Its lint balls and nappy dreads as a single mother I should know. I would never let my child out of the house looking a mess like that. What kind of mess is that having a baby girl with dreads! Come on now what is she a dyke?? Comb her hair!!
Eileen TruszkowskiD’Onna FergusonTyneka wise