There’s been a lot of ill feeling directed at Rachel Dolezal, the civil rights protester recently outed for passing as a black girl. But some of us are scratching our heads bothersome to figure out why Dolezals particular dogfight has evoked such madden behind she’s usefully do something what has been comfortable in American culture for years: hijacking aspects of black culture, and black beauty in particular, reaping the rewards even though black women considering the same attributes rarely get sticking together of.
According to reports, and accompanying photos, as portion of her alleged fraud, Dolezal tanned her skin and braided her hair. So in supplementary words she’s subsequently a zillion white female celebrities. Jennifer Aniston recently noted in an interview that she needed a tanning organization to allocate go of her habit when darkening herself. She is far afield from alone in Hollywood where spray tans have become as ubiquitous going in credit to for red carpets as spanx.
As for the braid craze, celebs before Christina Aguilera, Paris Hilton, Gwen Stefani, and Fergie have all rocked them. Doing so got them noticed for breathing thing cool or edgy. Yet they yet can’t maintain a candle to the most competently-known cornrow wearer of all-period: Bo Derek. The image of Derek sporting blonde cornrows is one of the most iconic and recognizable in Hollywood chronicles. Meanwhile, black women have been sporting cornrows until the invalidate of time.
And therein lies the daub, as they make known. Consistently bearing in mind white women, particularly famous ones, tackle a beauty attribute predominantly seen in minority culture, all of hasty what was as soon as seen as odd is snappishly seen as beautiful. Perhaps the most obvious manage looking day example is the rise of Kardashian Inc. or rather the rise of the Kardashian derriere.
Vogue and Vanity Fair both did tributes to massive backsides. But on your own after the Kardashians and glamour model Jen Selterall whitegained notoriety. Apparently huge butts were not in until they started being commended by white women and the men who flatter them, not merely between they were much-admired by black culture.
At least Dolezal much-admired, and possibly exploited, black beauty as a means to educate others in gloss to our culture and to potentially uplift our culture.
Its not that I sanction that white women shouldn’t be allowed to conformity behind everything hairstyles they pick, or to celebrate their curves along considering the land of us, but there is something abnormal roughly the fact that it took our culture appropriately long to see someone who looks considering Lupita NYongo as beautiful though the same culture has been rewarding dynamic white women for getting darker for years.
Which brings me designate minister to Dolezal. Ultimately Bo Dereks famous hairstyle was just that: a hairstyle that made her more famous than she would have ever been without it. I’ve never heard her colleague going on any cultural meaning to the experience of wearing a hairstyle connected later cultural identity in the black community.
Similarly, Ive never heard the Kardashians pay homage to the women who came previously them. Women taking into account Sarah Baartman, the African girl whose large posterior made her an aspiration of ridicule and shout abuse in the 19th century. For the Kardashians celebrating big butts is a means to an fall, more specifically a means to a paycheck.
At least Dolezal celebrated, and possibly exploited, black beauty as a means to educate others our culture and to potentially uplift our culture. Should her dishonesty create her a subject of ridicule? Absolutely. But of insulted? I don’t think for that defense.