Are Dreadlocks ok for white people to wear or is it racist?

I’ve been curious. This has come up before so I’m just wondering what people think. Leave comment for why you think what you do.

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  • Are you talking about cultural appropriation? Only racists and Marxists will claim that sort of thing is racist. Typically though it is going to be the Marxists that make that claim. They enjoy causing division and throw out false racism accusations. Trying to say that only certain groups should be allowed to do certain things is in fact racist. A persons race should have nothing to do with their culture, nationality, or religion, but these people like to pretend everything is about race. Besides dreadlocks have been independently invented by several different cultures. So no one culture can lay claim to it.

    Do you ever wonder why the same people that complain about Cultural appropriation, are the same people that claim to love cultural diversity? It is because they want to keep different groups of people divided, to increase hostility and mistrust. If left to our own devices we would just intermingle and overcome our differences naturally over time. That is why they push for sudden integration faster than people can adapt, and then forbid them from adopting the culture of the other people. This is a tactic used to breed hatred. Which is why race relations have been getting worse throughout the western world. This in turn allows them greater control over peoples lives, to "keep the peace".

    That said, it depends on your area, if it would be a good idea to try that out in public. There are some places where you might get accused of being a Nazi, and other areas where they just see it as an odd hairstyle choice. You have to be aware of your surroundings. My personal view however, is that it is not racist to enjoy another culture.

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  • How is it racist? Dreadlocks have been around for over 3600 years. Minoan's (from Greece) were one of the earliest civilizations with dreadlocks. Over the course of history, many different cultures and religions have worn them (including some forms of Buddhism). To classify them as "something only black people should wear" is naïve because they don't belong to any specific culture, they are only associated with them.

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  • There's nothing racist about it. Assuming that only one group is probably more racist than a white person with dreds XD (though I don't really consider it racist either). The fact of the matter is... some people can pull off dreds... and some people (especially white people) just can't xD

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  • I fail to see how it could be racist. You wear it because you like it, no? Besides, if it's (mis) appropriation you're referring to.. if that was a thing, nobody would be able to anything whatsoever, because it's been done before..

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  • I can tell none of you answering this question even have dreads. Dreads don't happen because your hair is "dirty." They can, especially if you have straight hair, but people with curly hair (stereotypically african) will naturally develop dreads if they do not comb their hair. Dreads do not form because "the hair is dirty" and not all dreads are dirty. With that said it's not racist for a white person to have dreads.

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    • EXACTLY. Dreads don’t have to be dirty

    • Yeah, it still surprises me about how much many people actually still believe that.. Dreads can actually be styled..

  • White people should not have dread locks but it's certainly not racist if they do. That's like asking if someone wears plaid clothing is that racist because bit would be appropriating Irish/Scottish culture

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  • Are hippies supposed to be racist? Dreadlocks to me are the stereotypical hairstyle for hippies, it doesn't feel like cultural appropriation at all.

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  • Im assuming your refering to the idea of cultural appropriation. This does not apply, no one invented dreadlocks, it happens naturally to everyone who has long hair that's dirty.

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  • Not racist, but not many white people can really pull it off so you run the risk of looking quite ridiculous. Same concept of black women with blonde hair, the darker you are the more ridiculous you look 🤷🏾‍♂️

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  • Dreads are disgusting... held together with dirt and oil...

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  • If black women can have strait blonde hair it must be ok for white girls to have dreadlocks. Aren't we suppose to embrace the black culture and appreciate all parts of culture.

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  • Half the cultural appropriation people are racist themselves.

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  • The questions is worded poorly you ask is it ok or is it racist to which the available answers can be yes it's ok/ racist, no it's not okay/racist or it depends. For the record I voted yes it's ok.

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  • What does Yes and No mean for this double question?

    It's not racist.

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  • Why would you ever think dreads would be racist.
    You do know they can and will happen naturally to anyone of any race right.

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  • No it's not racist.. It's fine.. Stop worryin about it.. Plenty of "White" people wear them..

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  • It is legal, provided you pay a yearly tax to the Jamaican government. Preferably in the form of cannabis.

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  • Is a rigid, white shirt, swastiga and little moustache okay to wear for a black guy; or a jew?

    It is only racist, if your motives behind it really ARE racist- actually, same with the nazi-uniform! It used to be a symbol of peace and tranquility, but some small dude named Hansi or Hitler kinda fucked up that perspective...
    My point is, that of course we have to think about the signals we send and how others may feel about it; but racism is something inside you, a feeling, hate in its core. I wish we could progress a little further and move away from the name-calling because you are wearing a hat made of straw kinda mentality and begin focusing on all the things that is behind that ;-)
    GO GET YOUR RASTA MANN :-) Bob Marley would share a spliff with you all day anyway :-)

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  • Only if it's racist for a black person to have a high and tight cut.

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  • Does not matter what skin colour you have if you don't comb or wash your hair it turns into A dreadlock.

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  • It's not racist but if this is racist it racist for blacks to straighten their hair.

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  • Is having curly hair racist? Black people tend to have curly hair, you know.

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  • It's not racist. But still, white people look like shit with dreadlocks on.

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  • Doing ur hair in a certain way is racist? What about those of us who shave our hair?

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  • It's not racist, but it does look nasty and unhygienic on a white person.

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  • Not racist but that doesn't mean it looks good lol

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  • Yes, it is okay for them to wear.

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  • this is funny

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  • Thats racist lol

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  • Why would it be?

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  • It's just a hair style

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  • How would this be racist?

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  • It's not racist. It's not like black people are born with dreadlocks. It's just hair.
    When people lived in caves everyone had dreads because no one brushed their hair.
    Wearing something that maybe belongs to another culture isn't racist.

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    • With that logic all black girls who straighten their hair should be considered racist.

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    • FIndin ways to be offended? You ain't even listenin to me... Take yo self on then You the one offended..

    • And I ain't playin the victim, I'm spittin out how it is in reality.. You just don't wanna listen, but I bet you all for society spittin on women though.. SMH.. I bet..

  • Dreads are not a "black people" thing lmao anyone can have dreads, it's just matted/twisted hair tbh. It's not like you're getting box braids. Personally tho, I think anyone can have any hairstyle as long as they can pull it off. I like haveing 3-6 frenchbraids in my hair and I had cornrows before too bc I pull it off with my head shape and style.

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    • Well dreads have styles too.. Take it from the guy who has them.. LOL.. So they are actually like box braids.. At least the "Black" people today do them.. We get them styled..

    • @JDavid25 yeah ik lol but regardless I think anyone can have em

    • Well, it's not yo decision is it.. You still "White" in the end of the day though.. JK.. Yeah, nobodies arguin about anybody not havin just that people are afraid of appropriation, and whatnot.. Anybody can wear, and people do wear them..

  • It's a hair style. It's not racist and anyone who thinks it is racist is extremely ignorant.

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  • Of course its fine, dreads are not exclusive to one specific race...

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  • Obviously it's okay it's just a freaking hairstyle. If dreadlocks on white people were racist, then so would be straight hair on black people.

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    • Not really because straight hair isn't a hairstyle, and "Black" women havin straight hair is more of a thing this society forced on them or else they couldn't do much in it.. Otherwise known as cultural assimilation..

  • You just look ridiculous, it’s not for your hair texture either. Your hair texture is thin easily to break. While black peoples hair is thick.

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  • No it’s not racist it’s a hair style anyone can have it

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  • No, people are allowed to wear their hair, and dress however they want.

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    • Also what was the question asking? I don't know if I was supposed to answer yes or no to the question "Are dreadlocks okay for white people?" or "is it rasist?"

    • Are dreadlocks okay for white people? Yes, Is it racist? No

  • Not racist but I don't think they look good on white people..

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  • not everything is racist

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  • What isn't racist

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  • It’s not racist but it doesn’t look good.

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  • Theyre gross

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  • I think it ia ok.

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  • I’ve seen a few girls with dreads who are white and not racist in the slightest. They just enjoy the style.

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