Recently, I’ve been thinking about cutting all my hair off. I actually shaved the sides with longer Locs on top. I wear it this way to work so that no one sees my shaved hair but often now wear it a ponytail or bun at home. It is a huge adjustment from my long, full Locs but I’m adapting. (check next post for past hair pictures)
When I read this story about the TSA machines possibly singling our Black Women because of their hair, I had a flashback!
When I transitioned from relaxed hair to natural hair, I wore different types of hair styles. However, working with corporate America and in the political system, it was necessary for me to remain conservative. In addition, I traveled – A Lot! I was in different cities and states on a weekly basis. Sometimes I drove, if my destinations were close enough. Most times, I was flying or catching the train. It gave me time to work 🧐
When they say this story is late, it could have been written more than a decade ago. No matter how conservative my hair, I was always stopped. And I was not alone. Any woman at that time who pioneered this natural phenomenon that we are experiencing today can attest to it.
One time, my braids were pinned back in a tight bun because braids were not considered professional or conservative at the turn of the century. I was asked to attend this meeting at the last minute. Because I had Bobby pins in my hair, they forced me to take them out and scan my hair. At the time, I really think they just wanted to touch my hair 😉 Black Hair always fascinates some.
If the TSA scanners are now targeting Black women, we must address this and address it now! I can only imagine what is happening to women today. I don’t travel quite as often as I did then, but I am always prepared for the pat down and hair check. It has become part of my life. I wonder, 🤔 will they continue to check my hair when I cut it all off. I suspect that they may!
I am not my hair!