May I Touch YOUR Hair? Different Voices. Different Answers.

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Facebook was set ablaze on July 25 after Frank Somerville, a white TV reporter in California posted a photo on his page of him combing his adopted black daughter’s hair with the caption:

So for those of you who think tv can be glamorous, this is how i spent my morning, learning how to take out my daughter’s braids. It takes a long time and a lot of patience!

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This photo Nas shared on his Instagram qualifies as cute and he included the caption “In the streets of NY… I ran into a kid with the same hair cut as me.”

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The above photo, shot by The White House photographer Pete Souza, is over three years old, but still hangs in the West Wing today. In it, President Obama’s leaning forward to solve the curiosity of a then five-year-old Jacob Philadelphia.

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Bottom Middle: Model Malliha Ahmad holds a sign inviting passersby to touch her hair.


What is YOUR Response?

Posted on June 28, 2013 and filed under blog, community, personal stories, race.