I've just been visiting a feminist bulletin board where both white and black women are saying (as an aside to their main discussion) that white people with dreadlocks = ugh. That it means trying to be black, or exoticizing blackness, or trying to be "counter-culture" (which seems kinda funny on a feminist board anyway...)
And my boyfriend wishes I had my "regular hair back" and I have this huge horizontal lump in one lock at the back of my head and... well, it's been that kind of a day!
So I was at the grocery store a while ago and a random woman came up to me asking about my hair. I refer to my dreadlocks as just dreads I dunno why I just do. She said I shouldnt call them that because its offensive to african americans, something about white people(a long time ago) calling them dreadlocks because they thought that natural african locks were 'dreadful' so they were dreadlocks. Anyone else heard this? I surely dont want to offend anyone. Obviously I dont think they are dreadful(in that sense of the word) I think all locks are beautiful. Your thoughts?