Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Bajan Girl meets Stereotyping

STEREOTYPE - a standardized mental picture that is held in common by members of a group and that represents an oversimplified opinion, prejudiced attitude, or uncritical judgment

"What have you done with your hair?"
"It's Sisterlocked" said I with a smile
"Can you open it?' with a curious glance
"No this is it." still smiling was I
"Can you comb it? I must comb MY hair everyday"
Silence with a thoughtful look on my face
"So are a RASTA NOW???"
"I was shocked, taken aback and retorted, CERTAINLY NOT!!!"

How could this be ............... especially when the person knows that I am a born again, water baptized Christian.:)

Does the sight of locks, put some persons in such a state of discomfort that the only way to interpret this natural hair style is to link it to a rastfarianism??

Thankfully those comments are few and far between........ but it means that we as a race just need to become comfortable with the options available to us and love each other unconditionally.


  1. The word rasta isn't an insult. Yes, their locks are called dreadlocks and rightfully look dreadful, yet they have a deep philosophy of life and a very rich insight in human behaviour. They understand things at a level you can't possibly imagine.

  2. Thanks for your comment.
    I didn't mean to infer insult. Though I don't agree with some of their philosophy. However we can agree to disagree.