I’ve learned a bit about something from reading books, hanging out on websites like Womanist Musings, and my relationship with Mrs Linc: there’s a lot of complicated politics around black women’s hair, and white folks don’t know *^$# about it. Plus apparently white people also have no home training at all. I believe it.
Please, white folks, stop petting black women’s hair. You’re not at a zoo. It’s rude. And so are the constant questions. Read some things! And in the meantime, enjoy this hair basics video that Melissa Harris-Perry has been nice enough to provide you: