Judge of Characters: Can White People Do Black Hair?

Perhaps the proper question is, can “transracial” mascot Rachel Dolezal do black hair? Well, she does, and has been doing so for a while; she acknowledged in her book, In Full Color, that she would do hair in college as a side hustle. That hustle has grown into a full-on kitchen-beautician business, and Dolezal is now out here braiding hair in her home, where she fries her chicken. There’s no limit to her level of tried it.

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One of Dolezal’s happy customers (who is a black woman) shared her braids on social media. The customer’s daughter also shared the image, shocked that her mom would let Dolezal braid her up. Update: The woman who let Dolezal braid her hair is now claiming Dolezal as a friend. Wow. What a complicated and gentrified web she weaves!

Check out this week’s episode of Judge of Character, which confronts whether or not white women can and/or should do black hair. Keep in mind: Black hair is bigger than just hair; it’s our culture and heritage. So forgive us if we’re a bit sensitive about our hair.

Pretty. Witty. Girly. Worldly. One who likes to party, but comes home early. I got stories to tell. Prince (yes, that Prince) called me excellence. Achievement unlocked.

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Hysterical Paroxysms

Well, it is the least harmful expression of her particular mental health issues. Expecting an apology from her for the actually harmful stuff she’s done is out of the question, and she’s providing a genuinely useful service. It could and has been worse. Hopefully this will keep her happy and satisfied.