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Black hair still tangled in politics (Multicultural barf alert)(FR mention)
Mpls (Red) Star-Tribune ^ | 8/30/2009 | CATHERINE SAINT LOUIS

Posted on 08/31/2009 12:55:52 PM PDT by markomalley

Silky, straight hair has long been considered by many black women to be their crowning glory. So what if getting that look meant enduring the itchy burning that's a hallmark of many chemical straighteners. Or a pricey dependence on "creamy crack," as relaxers are sometimes jokingly called.

Getting "good hair" often means transforming one's tightly coiled roots; but it is also more freighted, for many African-American women, and some men, than simply a choice about grooming. Straightening hair has been perceived as a way to be more acceptable to certain relatives, as well as to the white establishment.

"If your hair is relaxed, white people are relaxed," the comedian Paul Mooney, sporting an Afro, says in the documentary "Good Hair," which won a jury prize at the Sundance film festival and comes out in October. "If your hair is nappy, they're not happy."

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Anyone who thought such preconceptions were outdated would have been reminded otherwise by negative reactions to the president's 11-year-old daughter, Malia Obama, who wore her hair in twists while in Rome this summer. Commenters on the conservative blog Free Republic attacked her as unfit to represent America for stepping out unstraightened.

(Excerpt) Read more at startribune.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Miscellaneous; Society
KEYWORDS: freerepublic; frinthenews; goodhair; hairstyles; playtheracecard; racebaiting; racialdivision; sundancefestival
First, somebody needs to let this bimbo know that FR is not a "blog"

Second, I don't recall people complaining about her hair, IIRC they were complaining about her inappropriate dress.

1 posted on 08/31/2009 12:55:53 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley
I kinda like afros...Pam Grier in "Coffy", Nuff' Said


2 posted on 08/31/2009 12:59:11 PM PDT by NMEwithin
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To: markomalley

“”If your hair is relaxed, white people are relaxed,” the comedian Paul Mooney, sporting an Afro, says in the documentary “Good Hair,” which won a jury prize at the Sundance film festival and comes out in October. “If your hair is nappy, they’re not happy.””

These fools are still so fixaed on this petty stuff that it is no wonder they are failing in the important stuff, like staying out of trouble, getting skills to get a good job, and other things that people need in order to make a living.


3 posted on 08/31/2009 12:59:26 PM PDT by Niuhuru (The internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: markomalley
Straightening hair has been perceived as a way to be more acceptable to certain relatives, as well as to the white establishment.

I don't think that Al Sharpton has ever done anything to be "acceptable" to the "white establishment".

Al got his hairstyling tips from James Brown, AKA Soul Brother Number One.


4 posted on 08/31/2009 12:59:44 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Kennedycare?Recall that "Animal Farm" begins with a Socialist Revolution to honor Big Major's legacy)
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To: markomalley
Commenters on the conservative blog Free Republic attacked her as unfit to represent America for stepping out unstraightened.

Huh? I don't recall any comments about her hair. The big hullabaloo was about her 'chicken foot' t-shirt and its symbolism. (over-reaction imho)

5 posted on 08/31/2009 1:00:12 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: markomalley

I’d bet a year’s pay that no one on FR said that about her hair.


6 posted on 08/31/2009 1:00:13 PM PDT by cvq3842 (Countless thousands of our ancestors died to give us the freedoms we have today. Stay involved!)
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To: markomalley
"If your hair is nappy, they're not happy."

Is this word "okay" or not? I recall a certain liberal talk radio host being taken to task for using it.

7 posted on 08/31/2009 1:00:28 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Kennedycare?Recall that "Animal Farm" begins with a Socialist Revolution to honor Big Major's legacy)
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To: markomalley
I see Free Republic referred to as a blog all the time and it has puzzled me!

They complained about her hair, about her shirts [which was merited], about her shorts and about the ‘guy’ who was beside her.

Go on the Michelle or fashion threads and you will see nasty remarks about almost anything!

8 posted on 08/31/2009 1:01:26 PM PDT by potlatch
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To: markomalley
LOL! So what about Mobama? I guess she's apparently trying to hide "her roots" by wearing straightened hair!


9 posted on 08/31/2009 1:01:46 PM PDT by SolidWood (Sarah Palin: "Only dead fish go with the flow!")
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To: mnehring

She wore TWO different peace shirts on that trip and there is no child who goes on a vacation with the parents who gets to step out of the hotel wearing some shirt they don’t approve of.


10 posted on 08/31/2009 1:02:26 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Kennedycare?Recall that "Animal Farm" begins with a Socialist Revolution to honor Big Major's legacy)
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To: markomalley

Dreadlocks are not ‘twists’.


11 posted on 08/31/2009 1:02:50 PM PDT by Carley (WHEN YOU HONOR THE DISHONORABLE YOU SHOW YOUR OWN TRUE COLORS)
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To: markomalley
I did see some people complaining about the hair. It seemed like just a few comments, maybe 3 or 4?

How many white women go blonde because it's perceived as prettier? How many women get lasix because "men don't make passes at girls wearing glasses"? How many breast lifts, augmentations, liposuction, etc.?

All women deal with this in one way or another.

12 posted on 08/31/2009 1:02:54 PM PDT by Dianna (Obama Barbie: Governing is hard.)
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To: mnehring

maybe somebody will find the thread
I don’t remember anything about hair either
there have been a lot of comments about Momma’s junk in the trunk.......


13 posted on 08/31/2009 1:03:39 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: markomalley
Straightening hair has been perceived as a way to be more acceptable to certain relatives, as well as to the white establishment.

Black men prefer their black women to have straight hair, this bimbo "journalist" neglected to mention.

14 posted on 08/31/2009 1:04:05 PM PDT by Nonstatist
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To: potlatch
Go on the Michelle or fashion threads and you will see nasty remarks about almost anything!

I don't know why they pick on that dear girl and her $725. sandals.


15 posted on 08/31/2009 1:04:49 PM PDT by They'reGone2000 (I regret having to report THEY'RE BACK.)
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To: markomalley

IIRC, she was dressed like a little communist radical, and we didn’t appreciate it.


16 posted on 08/31/2009 1:04:58 PM PDT by ichabod1 (I am rolling over in my grave and I am not even dead yet (GOP Poet))
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To: cvq3842
Commenters on the conservative blog Free Republic attacked her as unfit to represent America for stepping out unstraightened.

The charge has been made that MULTIPLE people made the comment ("commenters") and said that it made her "unfit to represent America".

If any such remarks were made about the hair, they certainly weren't the "take away" viewpoint if you had to synopsize the attitude of FReepers. More people were irked about the peace shirts.

17 posted on 08/31/2009 1:05:32 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Kennedycare?Recall that "Animal Farm" begins with a Socialist Revolution to honor Big Major's legacy)
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To: Nonstatist
Not to mention it is also the current style...5 years from now it could be afros again.

This whole article is a complete stretch...

18 posted on 08/31/2009 1:08:13 PM PDT by NMEwithin
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To: cvq3842

I believe you are correct. Here is one of the threads. Only two comments about ‘hair’, neither about Malia. The first is about ‘long haired hippies’. The second is someone speculating the person she was with was a cousin who was a hair dresser.
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2292091/posts

This thread only has one comment about hair, again, not about Malia.
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2292065/posts

This thread, the only hair comment is Jim telling Kristinn to get a hair cut.
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2291698/posts

The big, original thread just has some comments about David Schuster’s nose hair and one comment saying Malia’s hair looked ‘stylish’ and the outfit was just a youth trend (ie, it was defending her)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2290625/posts

At that, the only negative hair comment I can find out of all these threads was posts by the KOS troll reporter who made up half the story..


19 posted on 08/31/2009 1:08:44 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: markomalley
Talk about shallow. CATHERINE SAINT LOUIS’s whole resume is articles on physical appearance.

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/search.html?query=By%20CATHERINE%20SAINT%20LOUIS

20 posted on 08/31/2009 1:09:03 PM PDT by McGruff (Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency - Obama)
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To: They'reGone2000
Believe it or not, the president pays for his own expenses out of his $400,000 annual salary, including food, drinks, clothes and dry cleaning.

The president is presented with a weekly menu, and they buy the groceries. ( uncle sam grabs the tab for official dinners.) Conversely, there is a fully stocked kitchen in the family quarters, and the family can also order take out.

If you could afford $725. sandals, you would probably buy them too!

21 posted on 08/31/2009 1:13:03 PM PDT by potlatch
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To: SolidWood

First pic looks like Cynthia McKinney.


22 posted on 08/31/2009 1:13:43 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: markomalley

In the first place, no white person forces a black person to straighten their hair.

They do it by choice. Most of my black friends aren’t worried about straightening their hair.

They are happy with who they are, as they should be.


23 posted on 08/31/2009 1:14:05 PM PDT by dforest (Who is the real Jim Thompson? I am.)
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To: markomalley

Oh, please. White women with perfectly straight hair get curly perms. What does that mean? They hate being white?

It all depends on what makes a woman feel that she’s looking good, and the politicization of hairstyles has got to be one of the silliest things I’ve heard.


24 posted on 08/31/2009 1:16:42 PM PDT by livius
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To: markomalley

Everyone aspires to that Al Sharpton look.


25 posted on 08/31/2009 1:21:48 PM PDT by Malesherbes (Sauve Qui Peut)
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To: NMEwithin

Pam sure was a hottie. Loved how she used the ‘fro to hide her weaponry.


26 posted on 08/31/2009 1:22:49 PM PDT by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: potlatch
If you could afford $725. sandals, you would probably buy them too!

Heck no! At least not those unbelieveably ugly $725 sandals.

27 posted on 08/31/2009 1:23:33 PM PDT by mockingbyrd (Boehner Baby!!!)
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To: mockingbyrd

I didn’t much care for the looks of those sandals either, but everyone’s tastes differ.

I did like the expensive tennis shoes she wore, with the metallic bit on the toe area. I just think these are foolish things for people to make ugly remarks about, especially when it comes to their personal looks.

Once I remarked that perhaps we should all post a picture of ourselves on the thread.....no one commented but one lady removed her picture from her Photobucket link on her page the next day!!

People should concentrate on what’s important.


28 posted on 08/31/2009 1:31:26 PM PDT by potlatch
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To: potlatch
People should concentrate on what’s important

I'm with you on this.

29 posted on 08/31/2009 1:41:11 PM PDT by mockingbyrd (Boehner Baby!!!)
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To: markomalley

Smooth silky black hair is the realm and domain of the Asian woman - the rest of you must forsake it forever!!! Unless you marry a pretty Asian woman then you can spend years and years running your fingers through her black, silky hair!!! Some people have all the luck!


30 posted on 08/31/2009 1:43:43 PM PDT by BertWheeler (Dance and the world dances with you...)
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To: mockingbyrd

I’d buy those ugly ass Bruno Mali shoes before I bought those skanky lookin sandles. She must have bought them through the GAO cause they really retail for $19.95 at Wal Mart.


31 posted on 08/31/2009 1:44:39 PM PDT by shadeaud ("If you can't beat them, arrange to have them beaten." -- George Carlin)
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To: mockingbyrd
[I'm with you on this. ]

Thank you mockingbyrd. I see many voice ‘our’ opinion but then others mock them.

I can't tell you how upsetting the forum sometimes is to me now. I often have to bite my tongue and just get off certain threads.

Can't recall it being like that a few years ago!

32 posted on 08/31/2009 1:45:06 PM PDT by potlatch
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To: markomalley
If he's going to make the claim, he needs to provide the link; otherwise the whole argument is invalid.
33 posted on 08/31/2009 1:49:15 PM PDT by Excellence (Meet your new mother-in-law, the United States Government)
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To: mnehring

Three of those were Jim Robinson threads.

Do a keyword search on ‘fashion police’ or Michelle and read through some of those threads!


34 posted on 08/31/2009 1:51:56 PM PDT by potlatch
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To: potlatch
If you could afford $725. sandals, you would probably buy them too!

You may be correct.

But they'd look a heck of a lot better than those do!

35 posted on 08/31/2009 2:06:07 PM PDT by They'reGone2000 (I regret having to report THEY'RE BACK.)
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To: They'reGone2000

Oh, I agree with that. Mine would be much prettier!!

Sadly, people pay the big bucks for the ‘name brand’.


36 posted on 08/31/2009 2:11:04 PM PDT by potlatch
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To: markomalley
""If your hair is relaxed, white people are relaxed," the comedian Paul Mooney, sporting an Afro, says in the documentary "Good Hair," which won a jury prize at the Sundance film festival and comes out in October. "If your hair is nappy, they're not happy."

White Americans have no interest in what Africans do to their hair.

37 posted on 08/31/2009 2:16:00 PM PDT by StormEye
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To: markomalley

“What’s wrong with black women with big Afros? Riding zebras?”

(If you’ve ever seen “Eddie Murphy Raw”, you know why that’s funny.)

38 posted on 08/31/2009 2:23:40 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: BertWheeler

Did you marry an Asian Girl?


39 posted on 08/31/2009 3:02:39 PM PDT by John Will
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To: mnehring

Thanks!


40 posted on 09/01/2009 8:19:05 AM PDT by cvq3842 (Countless thousands of our ancestors died to give us the freedoms we have today. Stay involved!)
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To: John Will

I did. And she has lovely shiny black hair... Think smiley face!


41 posted on 09/01/2009 8:27:16 AM PDT by BertWheeler (Dance and the world dances with you...)
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