While I prefer to discuss my own fro (Zola)- and her growth on this blog, occasionally I’ll post an article or bit of news I find that seems relevant to the curly community.
First on deck, in today’s news, singer Solange Knowles (younger sister of Beyonce and long term naturalista), has her fro ‘security screened’ by TSA in an airport (article found here).
I travel a bit for work, and it seems this behavior isn’t ‘infrequent’, as the New York Times even decided to post an article about the practice. Solange took it in stride, with funny jokes posted on Twitter, but I’m not sure if I’d react the same way.
There’s a violation of personal space that goes with touching my hair without permission. Especially after I’ve successfully passed all screening, and while I watch my ‘fairer’ complexioned ladies with their top knot buns, and loose spirally hair walk past and glare. Not to mention the time and care I spend carefully crafting each coil.
This topic has been raised on a popular Natural Hair Facebook group with over 40,000 members. One of the natural haired members shared that she’d faced a similar experience, and was surprised afterwards when attempting to repair her Twistout in the bathroom to find a tear rolling down her cheek. The experience had left her and her fro dishevelled and shaken.
Our hair is intensely personal to most of us. As time goes on, partaking in my regimen is a theraputic activity that is both calming and rewarding. I would appreciate if the TSA doesn’t trample over that relationship, and my rights…
Curlfriends, have you faced discrim-fro-nation by TSA or other public screenings?