With one of the producers of BET being suspended after a poorly written joke about Blue Ivy’s hair, Beyonce has yet to say anything regarding her daughter’s hair.
That is her decision, and in our opinion, she shouldn’t have to justify or explain what she does with her own child. However, there is one celebrity who refuses to let the media criticize her daughter’s hair.
Ms.Viola Davis, star of films such as “Prisoners” and “The Help”, has spoken out in Essence Magazine. While the interview itself is fairly old, it has recently gone viral. Excerpts were taken and posted all over Facebook.
In the interview, Ms. Davis recalls her childhood; she says that her self image was tied into the words of young Caucasian kids who called her ugly, so much so that she fully embraced it as being who she was. However, now that Viola’s older and wiser, she refuses to let those negative connotations be passed down to her adopted daughter, Genesis.
“There’s not one woman in America who does not care about her hair. But we give it way too much value. We deprive ourselves of things, and we use it to destroy each other. We’ll look at a child and judge a mother, and her sense of motherhood by the way the child’s hair looks. I am not going to traumatize my child about her hair. I want her to love her hair,” says Davis.
She’s completely right. In today’s world we not only tear down Beyonce for not keep Blue’s hair “done”, we also push children to the point of tears by suspending them from school – for wearing locs.
We are tearing down and persecuting the youth for not strictly adhering to euro-centric styles, instead of truly teaching them self acceptance.
We should be teaching them that what grows from their hair naturally is not something to be ashamed of, whether it is curly, in braids, or in locs. Even if they want to permanently straighten their hair in the future, it is important that they understand that this is just a choice, and not some means of putting down what they have naturally.
We need to teach them that the priority is being happy with themselves first. What do you ladies think of Ms.Davis’ quote?