There’s no room for argument – black identity is politicized and, as indicated by our skewed criminal justice system, the racist perception of blackness has been institutionalized.
Because of widespread prejudice, afro features (and yes, that most definitely includes hair) can be a bold signifier counter to mainstream whiteness. For instance, wearing hair naturally instead of using relaxer or weaves, was a sign of resistance during the late ’60s civil rights era — the look is embodied by the iconic Angela Davis and the Black Panther Party.
While styling your hair a certain way is largely a fun way to express yourself, sometimes that expression takes on a deeper meaning. Here are some instances where hair helped inform a larger story and served to combat injustice.