Skip to comments.Is Hotel Shampoo Kind of Racist? Plus: Do people understand what “racism” actually means?
Posted on 07/21/2014 2:07:17 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Don Mullen: Why dont Americas hotels provide hair products for black as well as white hair? Is there a way to get them to correct this micro-aggression?
Jenée Desmond-Harris: Thanks for your question.
I thought about the issue of hotel toiletries when I was writing the Race Manners column that answered the question, Is Using Lotion a Black Thing? In my opinion, the tiny moisturizer that most hotels provide is very clearly not designed for those who want or need to use it on their entire body (read: most black people).
But off the top of my head, Im not so sure about the shampoo and conditioner selection as a micro-aggression.
Heres why: I would argue that hotels tend to provide very basic hair-care products for people who dont have any particular hair needs and/or just plain dont care about their hair aside from making sure its clean. (I mean, really, what other kind of person would just lay themselves at the mercy of Marriott and take whatever scent and level of conditioning was provided, never having tried the products before?)
Really, no one who needs or wants anything special for their hairblack or whiteis particularly well served by hotel products. Thats why it seems to me that most people (especially most people with more than an inch of hair) pack what they need or prefer while traveling....
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wow! I thought sure this one was from the onion.
Yes, let’s accomodate every nuance of difference between 10% of the population and the rest.
“need to use it on their entire body (read: most black people)”
Ewwwww. . .talk about the mattresses soaking up disgusting stuff. . .
You mean "Did" until airlines imposed that stupid 3 oz. restriction.
Well a racist is someone who drives a car really fast for 500 miles going in one direction only.
It’s just The Man’s way of keeping bald people DOWN!
Is having hair that makes using hotel shampoo difficult racist?
Hotels stock hair products used by 87% of the American population and 90% of the world’s population. Not hard to explain.
how big ARE these people?
I use the hotel lotion and have leftover.
and I haul my own hair stuff if I think it is necessary, so do most women, I think.
Even lotion to cover your whole body? Checking into hotel doesn’t mean they took you in to raise you. Entitlement never ends.
If you don’t like hotel shampoo, bring your own. I do.
Is microaggression a new thing? Seen it twice in two days after never hearing of it before.
The infuriating part is that if hotels gave black guests different toiletries than the white ones, that would be racist as well. The only solution for these professional victims is for hotels to carry black oriented products and ignore the 90% of their customers who are white. In other words the only suitable answer is black supremecy.
Almost every single person in the entire world and every single thing in the entire world is racist according to liberals.
And if they don’t get exactly what they want given to them exactly when they want it then people are extremely racist.
They’ve been pushin’ it hard for about a year now.
If we are just the same, in a colorblind society...
...why the need for different hair care products.
I guess we are 100% exactly the same...except for hair.
Pack your own toiletries.
Then Gays will demand hotels have KY Jelly in their hotel rooms.
Get rid of the 3 oz. limit on airplane carry ons.
That works just fine in Zimbabwe (fka Rhodesia) and South Africa because they’re majority black. But how is a 12% minority going to push-around a 76% majority, especially since that majority is heavily armed?
Some of the smaller, shadier ones probably do
As a conservative; I feel “micro and macro aggressed on” all the time.
There’s a lot to say for that.
"My hair don't get lookin' this good by usin' whitey's hair care products."
Is being white racist?
This “microaggression” is such BS. Everything that can possibly seen as no perfect to a grievance group is a purposeful insult.
About a dozen years ago, I had a kid who had a overly PC English teacher. She was into exactly this sort of “anti-racism”. She saw problems everywhere—for example, why aren’t there more brown-colored bandaids? My kid really ticked her off by saying it’s a marketing decision—because in some of the Caribbean islands, the bandaids are all brown. Not a white-flesh-colored bandaid to be found. “How do you know” she asked, assuming he’d been pumped up by his parents. “We were there on vacation over Christmas.” End of that discussion... but there were always others.
“micro-aggression” doesn’t really exist,
except in the minds of the “hyper-sensitive”.
Asking that question is.
I don't care whether this is meant to be parody or not, a navel-gazing debate about whether small moisturizer bottles in hotels is micro-agression racism is damn funny.
Turning in one direction only...
If he were “going” in one direction only, we’d need race tracks crossing several states.
Speaking as a former Chief Engineer in da hotel biz, and hearing the Head Housekeeper kvetch about the ruined pillowcases from all the goop [Afro Sheen, etc.] them folks use, we’d have gladly given them as many of those little bottles they’d have needed to wash that stuff out before they’d crash out. Micro-aggression, my ass. It was like Tammy Faye Bakker slept face down in full makeup, left an image, almost. Sheesh!
Well at least I’m sure they left a big tip...
What about the snacks in the vending machines, or the drinks in the soda machine, or the music playing in the lobby and elevators, or the restaurant downstairs?
What about the continental breakfast and the free coffee and room service??
White sheets,pillow cases,comforters, drapes, toilet paper......
HOW MUCH MORE RACISM WILL WE OVERLOOK FROM THESE GUILTY INANIMATE OBJECTS, IT’S GOTTA STOP
Or the Eddie Murphy routine about how everyone told him people in Texas were racist so he lands at the airport,
Little white dude walk up and say: “This your bag?”
I said “YEAH, THAT’S MY F______ BAG! WHY, M______ F_____? A BLACK MAN CAN’T HAVE A SUITCASE?”
The housekeeper who prepares a hotel room for that evening’s guests has no idea the race of the occupants, and frankly neither does the hotel. There is nowhere to designate one’s race on an online reservation website. So is the hotel supposed to stock two different sets of toiletries in preparation? I always take my own toiletries and always thought those sample sizes were there for the guests who had forgotten something.
Old Jewish wisdom...
The Rabbis teach that:
Slaves seldom dream of being free. They dream of being master.
Do black people wash their hair every day like white people do? I’m curious. Also, don’t black ladies wear lots of wigs? Finally, if I lotion my whole body from head to foot, couldn’t one assume that I would bring a gallon (or at least a quart) of moisturizer with me wherever I go?
How about bring your own? Problem solved.
HA! Ooh, hope that wasn’t construed as a racist HA! I’ll have to change my tagline...
Using the word “micro-agression” is a form of micro-aggression.