"The freedom to wear my hair in a style that is a part of my culture and a skill handed down to me from my mother gives me a stronger sense of self-esteem, self-worth, and confidence as a person and as a woman," says television news reporter AJ Walker.
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Virginia mom Erica Guerrier says a referee at her 10-year-old's basketball game said her daughter's hairstyle of braids with a blue weave might be a problem.
Touching is clearly not okay, but there are a number of other things that we, as non-Black people, should also consider when talking about Black women's hair. Things like gawking at, commenting on, or cracking jokes about their latest style switch-up are equally inappropriate, and can make Black women feel singled out. Today, Black women continue to face discrimination in the workplace.