I'm mixed race arab-white and with my very curly hair cornrowsd seem to me to be a both useful and beautiful way for me to manage my hair for a short space of time and it's a style I've always wanted to try. However, after doing some research I've seen that white people wearing cornrows and other typically African hairstyles labelled as cultural appropriation. I fully understand the background behind the hairstyle and therefore understand if it would be offensive for me to get cornrows so I wanted to see what the general opinion on a white person getting cornrows was?
- Yes, a white person getting cornrows is cultural appropriationVote A
- No, a white person getting cornrows is not cultural appropriationVote B
- It depends (explanation below)Vote C
Most Helpful Guy
First of all, YOU are African. Arabs are from Africa. Not everyone in/from Africa is black (Negroid). The culture of your people is an African culture. You wearing corn rows would be like me dressing up as a Viking (did you know the ancient Vikings had dreadlocks! They did! So did the ancient Celts and ancient Greeks! I'm a Celt, so maybe I should wear dreadlocks to embrace my people's culture, and hopefully piss off a few ignorant black idiots ;) ) - it would be a culture that comes from the continent that you are indigenous to, even if the originators weren't your exact race/nationality.
Personally I think corn rows are fucking hideously ugly, and just goes to lend credence to the belief that blacks are stupid (since a smart person wouldn't create a hairstyle that butt ugly), and I would never date a girl that had corn rows - but I say if wearing them makes you happy, go for it. You might as well dress/look the way you want in this life, it's short and you only get one. Dress the way you like to look, don't wear something to fit in or please others. I personally have long hair with the long and side-swept bangs look, which is kind of a punk/indie hairstyle, and not everyone likes it - and not everyone likes it when men have long hair in general - but fuck the haters and critics, I'm an adult and I have the right to look the way I want. And so do you.0THIS IS NOT RELEVANT ANYMORE
Most Helpful Girl
A hairstyle may be more associated with a certain race, but hair is universal and you can manipulate and style it the way you see fit. When it turns ugly is when certain people style themselves that way and then take it to mean, that they are suddenly so black or they understand what it means to be black somehow or they exhibit racist behavior and attribute it to their new found "blackness."0THIS IS NOT RELEVANT ANYMORE