This is part of our Monday at noon writing series, where I’ve been digging up old articles I never shared.Enjoy!
I will not sit here and watch a group of people defacing my culture or giving it an interpretation different from the original.
The same way I will never go to India and come back with a Sari (or any fabric particular to India) and sell it with the connotation that the wearer immediately receives good health or wealth, is the same way no one should send a friend / relative to Nigeria or any African country to return with fabrics, divide 6 yards into a yard each and sell them as headwraps signifying royalty.
Do not attach a spiritual meaning to a culture you have little to no knowledge of. And I bet if someone asks you if you’re African / of African decent on a day you’re not wearing the headwrap, you’ll claim, like Raven Simone, that you’ve never stepped into “Africa” therefore, you are not in the slightest way, African.
You cannot pick and choose one facet of our culture then turn around and ask how we fund our way through college. You can’t one day tie a basic scarf and tag #Africanqueen and another day turn around and ask international students from African countries how they can afford to pay tuition.
You cannot pick and choose one facet of my culture.
While headwraps are seen as cultural symbols and symbols of strength, modern day wearers who have little to no interest to trace this history get caught up in a cultural symbol, of which they do not fully appreciate its origin.
Maybe we should just call headwraps for what they currently are – a fashion symbol – and nothing more. What do you think?