Apparently Black Hair Products Justify Racial Segregation

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TransGriot Post:  You’re going to get a two for one guest blogging holiday treat today. Two of my fave bloggers weighed in on this latest racism eruption in Cincinnati.   Here’s Katrina Rose’s commentary on the subject and Renee’s for your reading pleasure   

Ever since segregation became illegal, there have been some White folks
willing to jump on any opportunity to bring it back. Of course, this
never makes them racist, because they have some trumped up excuse to
explain the need to exclude Blacks.  

CINCINNATI (AP) — A landlord found to have
discriminated against a black girl by posting a “White Only” sign at a
swimming pool wants a state civil rights commission to reconsider its
decision.

The Ohio Civil Rights Commission found on Sept. 29 that Jamie Hein,
who’s white, violated the Ohio Civil Rights Act by posting the sign at a
pool at the duplex where the teenage girl was visiting her parents. The
parents filed a discrimination charge with the commission and moved out
of the duplex in the racially diverse city to “avoid subjecting their
family to further humiliating treatment,” the commission said in a
release announcing its finding.

An investigation revealed that Hein in May posted on the gated entrance
to the pool an iron sign that stated “Public Swimming Pool, White Only,”
the commission statement said.

Several witnesses confirmed that the sign was posted, and the landlord
indicated that she posted it because the girl used in her hair chemicals
that would make the pool “cloudy,” according to the commission.  (source)

Don’t
we live in a wonderful post racial world?  I love how people keep
trying to claim that things are getting so much better, and yet we have
incidents like this continually cropping up. It was just a scant few
weeks ago that Hermain Cain Uncle Ruckus, was lecturing
Black folks about our failures, and declaring racism a thing of the
past, as the GOP clapped happily.  Apparently, Whiteness does not mean
to be racist, but they somehow keep coming up with reasons to exclude or
oppress us at will.

When I write about Black hair, the usual pain in the asses show up to
tell me that my complaints are a figment of my over active imagination,
and yet Black hair continues to be a site of oppression for Black
women.  I must admit that this is the first time I have seen hair used
as an excuse to deny us access to a pool; however, Black hair has been
known to lead to problems in employment, as well create the belief in
White people that we exist to be petted.  Black hair is continually
politicized and created as problematic.  It is simply another tactic of
Whiteness to other us.

No matter what the White person looks like, no racially specific
characteristics are considered problematic. Whiteness is perceived of as
the only acceptable norm in existence. Straight hair is prized and
promoted at every turn.  Even things like supposedly innocuous shampoo
commercials often feature White women tossing their long straight locks
around like it’s a gift from heaven.  Whiteness continues to be the
standard by which all others are judged, and any failure to comply is
quickly subjected to discipline.

What bothers me the most about this is the fact that even those who
choose to chemically treat their hair, often end up using very natural
products to dress their hair, because Black hair is extremely fragile
and breaks easily, for example, if for some reason I use gel, I use aloe
vera gel, the very same gel that is used to treat burns. Products
designed for Black hair, unless someone is still stuck in the soul glow
days (shut up, I know I am aging myself), are specifically designed not
to be harsh, but then that landlord would know this, had she bothered to
learn the first damn thing about her Black tenants.


I am sure in her mind what she did was not racist, and only had to do
with protecting her property, but it still amounts to setting up two
different standards and purposefully excluding Blacks from public
spaces.  These kinds of attacks dehumanize, and I can completely
sympathize and empathize with the young girls parents.  One of the
hardest things I deal with as a parent of colour is accepting that no
matter how much I love and desire to protect my children, I cannot stop
the hatred and bigotry that they will face at the hands of Whiteness.  I
don’t have the words to describe to you what it feels like to know that
your are helpless in the face of this massive systemic force, or the
pain that is experienced when you look into the eyes of your child, as
you try to explain that to many they are considered less than human.

The stress from dealing with the ongoing onslaught of Whiteness is one
of the reasons that Blacks die at a younger age.  Despite all of the
consequences that come with racism, Whiteness still fails to take
responsibility for its past, and present actions, and instead we are
offered meaningless platitudes, and criticized for speaking of racism in
systemic ways. One need not hang a sign to say no Blacks allowed to
benefit from the action, and this is why Whiteness is culpable as a
group.

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