I saw the above post on FaceBook recently and the caption was “I do not see a problem”, it was basically a post trying to solicit the opinions of other group members to see who agreed with the person’s statement in the photograph (edited to remove the original author’s name) or who didn’t care.
I looked at the picture and found it interesting to say the least. I am not going to sit here and pretend that it isn’t odd to see a white girl get her hair braided in that manner, but only because I have never seen it before until I saw that picture.
Aesthetically, I think its cute, and I do not see why the style would bother anybody that much since nobody is requiring you to pay for it. There are no styles out there that are racially specific, meaning only black girls can do that style or only Hispanic girls can do that style etc. We are all free to do any style we want with what grows from our scalps; we straighten, color, do roller sets as other races do so whats the big deal if a Caucasian woman wants to get some braids?
I tend to find posts like the one above slightly ignorant, and I was happy to see a lot of the commenters agreed with me. But there were a few that made it clear that they were kind of on the fence and others who said that they felt flattered by it. One person mentioned the fact that we cannot deny the cultural heritage of braiding another person found the ‘admiration’ and flattery comments to be a bit funny to say the least, saying that cultural appropriation is not a form of flattery.
Now that one I agree with, just because a person from a different culture or race does something from my culture or race doesn’t mean that I am automatically flattered. It just remains interesting. What say you? Does it matter if a person of another race does a style that is culturally more common in your race?