These experiences are a possible stereotype for young adults with hair-related issues, however, there is currently little literature documenting black youth hair-related experiences. Researchers are trying to make sure their voices are heard.
Discrimination against black youth with their hair
This research is motivated by recent examples of young blacks being suspended from school, threatened with punishment, or denied permission to participate in extracurricular activities because of their hair.
These situations and other examples of stipulating people, including adults, based on the appearance of their hair, have inspired advocacy from NGOs and corporations. union to expand protections against discrimination in schools and workplaces to include hair differences.
Hair is an integral part of who we are: it is an extension of our identity and the way we present ourselves to the world..
Being told that the way you present yourself is wrong or that you have to conform that expression to limited standards of what is appropriate can come with shame and can lead to internal conflict. such as depression or low self-esteem.
Definition of beautiful hair in a black girl’s view
The team worked with community organizations to recruit participants. In total, the study included 105 girls aged 10-15 years who identified as Black or African-American.
The girls answered a series of open-ended questions about satisfaction with their natural hair, social comparisons with their hair, being bullied or teased for their hair, and pressure to have it. a certain way.
When girls were asked to define “beautiful hair”, the most common responses included descriptions such as “long”, “fluffy”, “ripple”, “soft”, and “straight”. “Bad hair” is described as “short”, “diapers” and “difficult to comb”.
The most common answer to the question of where the standard for good or bad hair comes from is how the media portrays black models and celebrities with chemically altered hair. become straight or wavy. The second most common feedback was receiving negative feedback about natural black hair at school.
Between 14 and 54% of girls report being teased or verbally bullied because of their hair, starting in kindergarten or kindergarten.
Rates of verbal teasing or bullying have decreased by touching girls’ hair without permission. 78% of 10-year-olds, 50% of 11-year-olds, 81% of 12-year-olds, 65% of 13-year-olds and 70% of 14-year-olds touch their hair without permission. age.
Understanding what Black kids go through is important, even for something as seemingly insignificant as hair. This research shows the different types of discrimination and abuse that young children can go through that others don’t realize because people think it’s just hair.