Black People : Sheryl Underwood: Who Likes Nappy Hair? We Do

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  1. Kadijah

    Kadijah Banned MEMBER

    Apr 7, 2013
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    Comedian Sheryl Underwood caught some Twitter fire recently when while on the TV show The Talk. She admonished the idea of supermodel Heidi Klum saving[​IMG] the curly hair of her biracial children after she cut it. Underwood said:
    “Why would you save Afro hair?” She went on to imply that nobody wants that type of hair, saying that you never hear of a woman[​IMG] in a hair shop asking for that “curly, nappy, beady” hair.​
    Then, it got worse. Wrote Tracy Clayton at The Root:
    Co-host Sarah Gilbert chimed in, saying that she, too, sometimes saves her children’s[​IMG] hair, and Underwood interjected, saying that it was “probably some beautiful, long, silky stuff,” implying that that type of hair is desirable and worth saving. The only thing more hurtful than hearing those words was co-host Aisha Tyler’s silence and listening to the enthusiastic laughter of the audience, who, apparently, agreed.​
    Everything about being black in this country we are taught, usually from outsiders but also from those we love, that there is something inherently wrong with us. Our hair, if too curly, is “bad.” Our skin, if too dark, is “bad.” Our noses, if too broad and lips, if too full, are “bad.” Anything that isn’t closer to the European standard of beauty is “bad.” You, by birth of your blackness, are bad.

    The people who told me I was “bad” were not my parents, they were individuals like an old, hateful black elementary school[​IMG] library aide I had while growing up who regularly told us children (all black) how “bad” we were and how nappy our hair was and how that was awful and how the white children she taught at the other schools were much better, nicer, prettier children than us.

    Some folks on Twitter have asked who taught Sheryl Underwood to “hate herself.” More than likely she doesn’t see it that way like most people who’ve internalized that certain aspects of blackness are simply “bad.” She’s confused at the response she’s received because she was only stating the status quo,