Anybody interested, do a search on my thread, "The Truth About the Afro", and it will cover everything you need to know about the Afro and how it relates to black people here and Africa...it answers the question and some. It covers more information than you will ever learn on Wikipedia. However my thread took a turn for the worst by someone who used to post here a lot. Although they left, I will not mention the name of that poster because it wouldn't help. I made a similar thread on another forum, and the same thing happened. But everybody eventually saw it my way, except one person, who also had emotional issues about the topic. Most of them were a lot younger than me, and weren't around when the hairstyle first came out like I was, and they couldn't relate to this rare truth I decided to share about the Afro. But on the other hand, that shouldn't have been no excuse for going off, once you take a little deeper look into the topic. Why some black people are aloud to voice their opinion about black hair while some aren't, or why some black people can't accept the truth about some hair, is a problem we have to work on someday as a people. I don't mind a debate with respect, but when people respond with emotional tantrums, like some that I mentioned, then that can become a problem.
But if you don't have time to read my thread, it's kind of a yes and no answer. I'll say no; but yes if you're willing to do risky things to your hair like a lot of us were secretly doing in the 70's, like myself. These things included platting, cornrowing, and teasing...teasing was the one that was dangerous to a lot of peoples hair in the long run. I did all three. However for some, some black men in particular, it took too long for their hair to grow long enough to do any of the three. Then some black people even wore wigs...our entertainers from the 70's were more prone to this. All along you couldn't get none of us, who had to do these things to keep our Afro's, to admit we were secretly doing them behind closed doors. That was because we were too busy being black and proud, and our Bush, which was the original name for the Afro, represented that. I even had that former member try to tell me we never called the Afro by it's original name, the Bush. If that person was serious, then my generation gap with her was much larger than I thought, or something else was going on. Anyway, these things are discussed in my thread. Everyone may not want to agree, but still an interesting read.