Letter: Don’t let racism be a hairy topic

Re: ‘Don’t dread the dreads’ (Metro, Oct. 17)

I am writing in response to the gentleman who faced discrimination because he wears dreads. I want to express my solidarity with you. I am so sorry that you have faced ignorant discrimination and all the hurt that goes with it, and that goes for anyone who has faced similar prejudice. I am white, and must admit that a long time ago I felt discomfort around dreads, though I never expressed it out loud. I have come to really appreciate the beauty of dreads.

I think they are magnificent and they remind me of the roots of trees. Please, my sisters and brothers, stop mistreating people for how they wear their hair and for their skin color. Your actions hurt real people, like yourself. Think how you would feel if others ridiculed you for your straight hair, or if you faced discrimination at your job because of your hairstyle. Black people ought to be able to wear their hair any way they like and not be punished for it. Enough with racism.

It is so destructive. Let’s replace it with color love and justice and peace.

Shifra Freewoman, via email


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