I've got my own personal (and I believe very valid) reasons for having my dreads, but I still have a hard time getting past the idea that what I see about them is not necessarilly what other people will see. Yes, we can say all we want about Indians and Vikings and celts and all that, but in the US, in this society, it is correlated with black culture and I have yet to really concoct a solid response to this quandary that I feel isn't taking the easy way out. I have white privilege, and I am grappling with it all the time. I sometimes feel like this is yet another way we are taking even more from a cultural identity that has already been degraded so much.
so, what do you think? I'd love to hear the opinion of black identified individuals or those who are aligned with rastafarianism. thanks!