A young woman has come forward with her recollections of the 1970s as she recounts her childhood, and how she grew up in a black family in Brooklyn.
The recollections, recounted in a series of blog posts, include an episode of the show “Black-ish” and the episode “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” where the character Walter Muntz, a black boy, has to deal with being teased about his curly hair.
“I had curly hair, and I liked it,” said the woman, who asked to remain anonymous.
“I was very proud of it.”
The woman, whose identity has not been revealed, said her parents taught her how to wear long curly hair to school, a skill she gained from a friend who was also a hairstylist.
She said she also learned to dye her hair using her mom’s hair dye.
The woman’s recollections are the latest to emerge from a nationwide conversation about curly hair and its history.
The issue has become a rallying cry for those who feel the need to preserve the history of black hair.
As a result, several celebrities, including rapper Snoop Dogg, have been pushing back against the “colors are racist” argument.
In January, rapper J. Cole also said that curly hair was an integral part of black culture and that he did not think it was “colored.”
In February, the author of “Hip Hop for Dummies” said that black people should be “happy to wear any hairstyle.”
And in June, actor and comedian LaToya Jackson, who is black, suggested that curly hairdos were the “badass hairstyle” for women, and called the idea of curly hairlines “racist.”
In response, the American Civil Liberties Union said it would support curling hairstyles and wearing a hairnet, but would oppose the “color-is-racism” argument, arguing that people have curly hair for many different reasons.
The group also urged people to “keep your head up,” as long as the curly hair is a “healthy choice.”
“We don’t think that the only thing that’s racist is the idea that curly is a bad thing,” said Sarah Sontag, senior policy counsel for the ACLU.
“It’s not that curly makes us different from other people.
It’s that curly and a hairstyle are very much a part of the culture.
It makes us look and feel different, and people are just more likely to have curly.
It doesn’t make us less beautiful or more worthy.
We have curly because it’s a part.
We are part of that.”
The American Civil Rights Union said the agency will continue to advocate for policies that respect people’s rights to choose what they wear, including wearing long hair, but said curling is not a “race-based” policy.