Friday, July 31, 2009

OMG! My ignorance about dreadlocks makes other people inferior!

OMG! My ignorance about dreadlocks makes other people inferior!


These are actually my friend’s dreadlocks. I shouldn’t be but I’m stunned about how bad or disinclined people are about recognizing and challenging their assumptions. If someone is doing something I don’t understand it must mean that that they are stupid, right?



I didn’t get a hair cut for six years so my hair got silly long. When I eventually got it cut I donated it so some poor kid getting chemo can have some hair. When you get lots of hair cut off some barbers/stylists will ask, “Would you like to donate your hair?”



People assert that dreadlocks are created by not washing your hair and that you can’t. Proper dreadlocks are created by not combing your hair. Wash liberally. The texture of dreadlocks kind of reminds me of a wool blanket. Is it really so hard to wash a wool blanket?



Even if something being given away is not something you think is useful, why give people shit for trying to give something away that someone might find useful?

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