The question is, is this an issue of blatant racism?
I am going to go out on a limb and say it isn’t blatant and there is no way to prove that it is racist. I think the issue of race became relevant simply because the stylist is white, plain and simple.
She would have to be crazy to just be blatantly admit that she does not do African American hair because she has some adverse hatred towards black people. Lets go back to how we define racism and see if it can some how be applied.
Racism is the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior.
That is much different from openly admitting your short comings with regards to you hair care abilities. According to Dr. Lisa all she wanted was a wash, conditioner and blow dry and the way the stylist was addressing her is what made her give the stylist the side eye in the first place.
When you watch the video you will see Joanna’s attitude towards her potential client, it was pretty unprofessional albeit honest which puts her in a bad light.
The issue isn’t racism, the issue is this perception that African American textured hair is some weird humongous task that a typical everyday stylist would not want to be responsible for.
The thought that our hair is so different that it would cause fear for a stylist, despite the color of their skin and how they feel personally towards another race, is the better contention.
We have to stop throwing race around when dealing with every issue that involves a person who is not African American, because first of all you have to be very sure about what you are saying when making that accusation. Second of all race is just a distraction to the bigger conversation of education with regards to textured hair and the need for our stylists to get educated and figure this out.
I don’t know about you but whether she had an attitude or not, if my stylist isn’t there to do my hair, I would just hold on to the money and take my behind home. Even though this is a chain, hair care is still a personal thing. We want to trust the stylist who is working with our hair and the stylist needs to be confident about what she is doing before coming near my head.
Watch the video and weigh in below, racism or just lack of education?