Why I Don’t Wear Dreadlocks

Spoiler alert: it’s because I’m white

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Where Did “Dreadlocks” Come From?

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Most Rastafari continue to wear locks today. The look is compared to the Lion of Judah, which appeared on the Ethiopian flag from 1941–1974, and the locks were and still are seen as spiritual in nature.

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Locks Were a Spiritual Response to Oppression, and Oppression Inspired Music

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Ari Up was a reggae fan, Jamaica resident, and Rasta.

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A Recent Western Development: Non-Rastas Wearing Locks

Freedom to wear hair as one pleases is something people of European descent have typically enjoyed throughout recent history. The same cannot be said for the African diaspora.

Modern Implications

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White people with locks provide the “optics” of a post-racial society without actually achieving it.

Rewind: Before the “Dread”

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A Story:

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I can also acknowledge that for hundreds of years, and still today, black people were and are not allowed to do what they want with their hair.

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