In 2020, we should not be having this discussion, but here we are. A recent video posted on Twitter showcased a tale as old as time, a black woman’s personal space being invaded and her body being disrespected. This video which was recorded by a colleague features a few white colleagues fondling the natural hair of a black woman named, “Gracie”.
The video which has made its rounds around social media and has been viewed 6.4 million times looks painfully familiar and uncomfortable.
The fact that she’s actually standing there while they are treating her like a zoo animal is making me mad. Like are you serious right now???!!!! pic.twitter.com/I5BE6c8Mte
— trey 〽️ (@trey_forde) January 4, 2020
I don’t care how well you know me between the hours of 9-5, touching my crown is never ok, and I will report you to HR or worst, check you. A black woman’s hair is her personal space and there are boundaries that need to be respected.
What bothers me the most about this video is Gracie’s inability to act at that moment. While we can not say for sure what transpired or if she even checked her coworkers, many black women can’t and won’t really do anything about this type of action in fear of being labeled as aggressive or difficult.
If you are reading this and you’re not a black woman, it’s never ok to touch a black woman’s hair. I know we exude black girl magic, but keep your hands to yourself.
Admire from afar but please don’t touch my damn hair. *cues Solonge*