Why is it that black men has to shave off all of his facial hair, and the hair on top of his head to get a job in most segments of the American job market, especially in the film industry? Yet, most of the white men I see out there, always try to stick their hair up in the air with moose, to imitate black people's beautiful nappy hair. Just a thought, any takers?

         PS. I do have more qustions along racial lines, but I will get to them later. Religion sucks!!!

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When you refer to black men in the “film industry” are you referring to on-camera talent? Or crew? I happen to work with some black men in the television industry, behind the camera, and can report to you that their appearances vary widely. I’m just assuming this is because they are different people, with different personal styles. Some are clean-shaven and some have beards. Some have hair, some are bald. Some are bald with beards, some have hair and are clean shaven. Some have beards and hair, some are bald on both face and head. I really think it is a personal choice. The reasons for their personal choices, I really can’t say. (Although some of the bald ones may chose that look because of a premature receding hair line- Sorry guys!)

Anyway, I just thought I’d comment from a production perspective and report to you what is going on in my little world of television in LA.

 

As far as understanding what it’s like to be a minority and adapt to the mainstream, I’m a homo. I’m lucky enough to live in a very liberal and tolerant city. However, millions of other homos have to change the way they live their lives too in order to be accepted in the workplace, their small town or even in their family.

I know what you mean. Now let me ask you this Zeeman: Do you think that If Mechelle Obama was to wear her nappy hair natural and well groomed, or with some nice corn rows, that America would be down wid that? I think not. Or, if her husband barak was to let his natural nappy hair grow into a nice little afro, or just grow it out to show the natural nappy texture of his hair, just like Kennedy, Lincoln, Clinton, Regan, Carter and so many more of the white American Presidents who used to wear their hair long, that America would be down wid dat? I think not.

Black people are always made to feel that their nappy hair is inferior to white people's hair, so they have to do something with it like hiding it under a turban, or straighten it with petro products, which is unhealthy for their system over time.

 Then again, you have to hang and drag this fifty pound christian cross around your neck so that white people can feel comfortable being around you as this obedient owned negro slave boy or girl. There is so much more that I could add to this topic from a personal stand point and otherwise but I will wait for more imput. All I know is that denial won't cut it, but I'm prepeared for it. A can of worms to deal with.

if her husband barak was to let his natural nappy hair grow into a nice little afro, or just grow it out to show the natural nappy texture of his hair, just like Kennedy, Lincoln, Clinton, Regan, Carter and so many more of the white American Presidents who used to wear their hair long, that America would be down wid dat? I think not.

Obama is actually half white. I think his quasi-caucasian facial features are part of why white people are relatively comfortable with him. He's a compromise.

Does he have natural nappy hair?  I couldn't tell from a photo. 

I think black skin looks better bare than does white skin.  It doesn't look as bare.  It seems somewhat clothed by being dark.  Maybe it's more a question of white guys wanting their faces to look less naked.

Here's a racial question of my own:  I feel light pink with dark brown is a beautiful color combination. 

So why don't black women, especially really dark black women, wear light pink more often?  It isn't a commonly seen color combination in general. 

Hey Laura, i never thought about the Light pink dark skin female connection at all. I can see from your post that you are down with that color combination. Now that you made me aware of this phenomena I will pay more attention to this issue and get back to you. 

Now, about the white man black man bald head thingy: At least he the white man, has a choice. Black men and women are forced to conform to to the white man's racist Ideology as to how a black person, especially a black man should present himself, or should be defined just to please him and his twisted mind. I got a huge problem with that.

Black men and women are forced to conform to to the white man's racist Ideology as to how a black person, especially a black man should present himself, or should be defined just to please him and his twisted mind.

Are you sure this it's true that black men who have facial hair are discriminated against more than clean-shaven black men?  Any studies on this? 

It's probably true - men in general who have beards appear to be discriminated against.  Beards are thought of as untidy or scruffy, and likely black men can less afford to be thought untidy or scruffy. 

There's even a Beard Liberation Front that campaigns against anti-beard discrimination.

Lots of academics have beards.  They're allowed to be untidy and scruffy, it's part of their relative freedom. 

I don't know that there is discrimination against mustaches, though. 

Now that you mention it, I've hardly ever seen a black man with a beard.  Or even a mustache. 

Black men and women are forced to conform to to the white man's racist Ideology as to how a black person, especially a black man should present himself, or should be defined just to please him and his twisted mind.

White women also.  Yes, part of power is in defining the "shoulds" for everyone.  "The Man" is the embodiment of "should". 

I don't have any studies to add, but there's this:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/12/11/1169088/-Rhonda-Lee-Africa...

I also think that there is an association in the US with afros and black power - with historical reasons (Black Panthers, etc.).  There's a fear of black people who embrace their ethnicity via their natural hair, a thought that they are people who somehow care less what mainstream white society has to say about them, and that makes them dangerous.  Like, "they don't need you, they don't want to be you, they're secure in their own bodies, so now what will you use against them to make them think themselves unworthy?'  Maybe not as conscious thoughts, but there is that fear.  Black people who straighten their hair or shave it off aren't as intimidating, aren't as "different".  It's about making them internalize shame for being black by forcing ill-fitting beauty standards on everyone.

Beards, lol yes.  Beards are scruffy and suspicious.  A friend of mine was stopped by airport security for his beard, and earlier they had let him through when he was clean shaven!  I don't know if there's discrimination against mustaches, but they're not very... fashionable.  Not lately, anyway.  Lots of jokes going around about mustaches being an 80s porn star thing.

I don't even know what a black guy's beard would tend to look like.  Would it be super-curly, would their mustache also be super-curly?

 Lots of jokes going around about mustaches being an 80s porn star thing.

Sounds scratchy :(

I used to know a guy, a street person, who had flyaway blond hair (very curly).  Wonderful hair. 

I guess you have proven my point. I also guess that you don't get around much do you?  I also do think that black nappy hair is "wonderful hair too." I love my beautiful natural nappy grey hair. I feel powerful pushing it in your face.

I know what you are trying to say about looking more "clothed", Laura - and I think it boils down to an appearance of more depth in the skin than anything else.

White skin is more transparent, you would be more likely to see veins etc. 

light pink and dark brown together.

What I like about light pink + dark brown is that the light pink would make you "see" the pinkness in the dark brown - a kind of quasi-visual perception that would make dark brown shimmer in your mind's eye.

I read that black guys often have a hard time growing beards, maybe that's why there are so few. 

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