I'm African American with really long hair and the first thing people ask me is "What are you mixed with?" Like just because I have long hair doesn't mean I'm mixed. I know white people with short hair that doesn't grow. I know black women with long hair that grows and grows. And Reverse. So why do people always ask that?
I always believed it because I've seen it. Most people get their beliefs from what they see in media. If the African stars don't have long hair then many people think that no African woman has long hair.
They are stupid because they believe in stereotypes. I had long hair in elmentary school and used to get made fun of, in middle school this girl literally digged her hand into my scalp without my permission. At that moment, I was offically some and cut my hair to my ears. I regret that so much now!. Please don't let anyone make you feel like cutting your hair :/. Asian women and white women wear extensions and weaves as well, people are just too closed minded to realize that.
Because black women spend a majority of their time trying to appease to European standards, that they either damage their hair with deadly chemicals to get it straight (which causes breakage. If your hair grows and inch, and breaks and inch, has it really gone anywhere?) or they put in weave, or burn it off trying to keep it straight. Your own insecurity about your own hair has created this stereotype.
If you want people to stop thinking that way, then stop being ashamed to have curly hair, and just grow your curls out instead of hiding it from the world.
There is nothing wrong with curly hair that it should be altered or hidden, and a lot of black women either alter their hair or try to hide it.
My friends (full blood black aficans) told me that their families believe that they should have short hair? and therefore will always cut it... and they told me that their hair string is different to white, or mixed girls, as its very hard, dry and blunt to grow fast...