DeVante Cunningham via Facebook

Lawd a mussy, I must be getting old, because I think I’ve seen it all. At a recent Ku Klux Klan rally in Charlottesville, Va., at which hundreds of protesters dwarfed the 50 or so bigots bitching about a Robert E. Lee statue, a photo emerged of a young Klansman with locs.


The BBC reports that the photo, taken by recent University of Virginia graduate DeVante Cunningham, immediately went viral, with many expressing a higher-than-usual level of WTF-ness.


“Me and my friend were in total disbelief,” said Cunningham. “We really couldn’t believe we had just seen a Klansman with dreads. We’re looking at the KKK here, and dreadlocks are basically a symbol of African culture. It was really weird to see.”

Cunningham says he tried to engage the man (and yes, Cunningham is African American; his name is DeVante, the very same as the cute one from Jodeci and the new baby on Black-ish, albeit spelled “Devonte”), but the racist refused to speak to him.


Apparently, there were a few on social media who tried to defend Ratty Dread’s actions by saying that the style was not “owned” by any particular group. But come on, now. Do we have to break out the history books?


Meanwhile, Cunningham says he will soon be pursuing a Ph.D. White dreadlock boy will probably crawl back into the cabin he lives in with his sister-wife while dude cheers for Steph Curry, listens to 4:44 and has his scalp greased with shea butter ... seeing no irony here at all.

Ms. Bronner Helm is the Deputy Editorial Director at Colorlines. Mouthy Black Girl. Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Fellow. Shea Butter Feminist. Virgo Sun, Aries Moon.

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