DISCLAIMER: This is in no way trying to disrespect, or mock people who are affiliated with the nation of Islam or hold the same views and beliefs of the Nation Of Islam. This is in no way an approach at being offensive to those who actually have natural hair.
So I've been reading Malcolm X and I'm the type of person who, once introduced to a topic; I must thoroughly explore and educate myself on it. So I googled, read books and watched videos that all pertained to the nation of Islam and their beliefs. I Just had to ask this question: 'Why do all pro-black or political and/or non political groups really into black empowerment claim that ALL black people who do not contribute to or join their campaigns, or believe in their beliefs are Uncle Toms'? Especially little things like perming my hair?
WHY do they believe that they actually have an answer for EVERYTHING?
...And has it ever occurred to them that the reason I perm my hair is because it makes it more manageable? NOT because I hate myself.
I personally could NEVER EVER manage my hair if it was all natural. I perm my hair, and I'M PROUD!
The Dr. Works Miracles to Keep My hair Dark & Lovely and If you don't like My Cream Of Natured Mane It doesn't matter to me because I Do what I Do JUST FOR ME!
In no way shape or form is my decision to keep my hair straight due to self hatred. I LOVE myself entirely too much to hate myself. In all honestly, I probably identify with my black people, and want to empower them more than some of the people who are the head of these pro-black organizations. If I hated being a 'Negro' or a 'black woman' Assatta Shakur wouldn't be my hero, and I wouldn't idolize the black panthers. I also would have NEVER agreed to, or Chosen to attend a Historically Black college, so that I could contribute my money to them in the form of Tuition and Book fees.
I could care less whether a black man (or woman) disliked my straight hair, just like I could care less whether a white man hated my black skin. I could care less, however; you will NOT talk to me how you please because of EITHER of those things and you will not treat me in an ill manner or disrespect me because of either of the two.
I also applaud any man, woman, or child who decides to sport a natural hairstyle. I just personally can not deal with it for the simple fact that when it comes to my own thick mane of hair I'm lazy. With a perm you can wrap it up for bed, and unwrap it in the morning. No grooming and picking through. I'm a true child of the microwave era and I tend to wake up an hour before I have to be somewhere and take about 30 minutes in the shower. I have no time to do my hair.
How can you honestly think that you are empowering black people with your 'truth' by making them feel degraded, and at times even shaming them into believing what you believe to be truth? I don't mean that in a disrespectful manner, however; you want to talk down on me for my decisions and call me the white mans slave and an Uncle Tom while also telling me that joining forces with you can change that?
I don't think so.
*Takes a Breath*
So with that being said, I will continue to believe in my own beliefs, practice what I choose to practice, and YES, I will continue to use the no Lye relaxer of my choice when i see the new growth peeking through my well oiled scalp.