October 5, 2020 By melanictees 0

The Crown Act & Megan thee Stallion contradicting performance on SNL

Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair

By Kali

Where does the idealism to discriminate natural hair derive from? The idea that the very hair that grows out of your roots shouldn’t be accepted in the open world is one that has been engrained for far too long. Who taught you to hate the texture of your hair? Who taught you to hate yourself from the top of your head to the soles of your feet? Malcolm X asked this question decades ago and sadly, it still lingers on today almost 60 years later.

On SNL, Hip Hop Music Artist Megan thee Stallion opened her performance with an audio recording addressing self hate from Malcolm X 1962 speech, “Who taught you to hate yourself”? Malcolm X speech called out America’s disrespect, and neglect of the Black Woman as the words displayed on the backdrop that showed moving patterns forming words including “Protect Black Women”.

The media is the most powerful entity on Earth. Because they control the minds of the masses.

Malcolm X

The message was a powerful one. However, Megan performing “Savage” along these lines was not. Flaunting buttocks in a one piece tight form fitting costume dancing like the ratchet female that she says she is in the song lyrics while wearing a long fake wig was not appropriate and conflicting to the matter at large.

If the Black Woman is the most disrespected and neglected person in America, Megan thee Stallion only validates how our own community can contribute to that. The performance seemed to contradict the whole message and just further confirmed many, even celebrities, hate themselves too. Being overly sexualized and discrimination on natural hair are essentially one in the same. They are both an infectious state of being that is meant to oppress us now and then.

Weaves and wigs are considered to be protective styles by many who wear them. But when you wear extensions of someone else hair texture for long periods of time, you wonder how much protection your natural hair is getting out of it. Many seem to wear purchased hair on a daily basis. When India Arie song came out, “I am not my hair”, many took that and seemed to misinterpret the concept that you literally are not the hair that grows out of your head. The idea that you are not your hair may explain why India Arie wears hair covering. You are your hair, whether you like it or not.

The Crown Act: Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair

The necessity to pass the Crown Act is to demand respect on black women and other melanic group hair. To fully stop discrimination against Black natural hair texture and styles to exist we must embrace it. Schools and Employers have reprimanded students and employees due to their hair. They have demanded them to cut off or modify hair styles that are beyond the pale.

The endless variations of how Black hair can be designed and styled is immaculate and should be a norm. Hair styles is a way to express your creativity just as clothing and accessories. You should be free as much as your hair freely grows. I like to describe hair like a tree, flower or plant. It all has to be watered to have moisture, nurtured, and maintained. Honor your hair because you are your hair. Hair is your heritage and you can no longer dishonor it for a temporary fix that can have long term consequences.

You can buy your hair if it don’t grow and you can sell the illusion of sex if you choose to because ultimately, it is your personal choice. But to feel compiled to cover your hair with someone else’s hair grade and expose your body for fame or financial gain is a hefty price to pay when you could just be natural.

“Give your brain as much attention as you do your hair and you’ll be a thousand times better off”.

Malcolm X

For more info on the Crown Act, please visit here: TheCrownAct