When I was a slightly younger woman, I worked a miserable office job for pennies. Much of my days were consumed by morning and evening commutes to and from said hellhole. The same faces and the same places sped by me each day, but few of them had as much of an effect on me as a young black woman who appeared to be in her early twenties and frequented the same bus route as me.
Late last month, popular natural hair vlogger Whitney White, also known as Naptural85, posted a video in which she shared her frustrations about how her decision to do sponsored hair product videos had affected her relationship with her viewers. In this video, Whitney revealed why she began doing these types of sponsored videos, and she even allowed her viewers to have the final say in whether or not she would continue doing them.
Hair texture discrimination is the flower in the attic of the natural hair community. We keep it locked away whilst we feed and nourish it enough for it to thrive. When questioned about its existence, we do little more than motion towards the attic as if confining it has eliminated it. We are reluctant to admit that, though it resides in the attic, despite our efforts to uplift every kink and curl, we are somehow still afflicted by hair texture discrimination.