1. That the vast majority of Afrikan women straighten their hair, a significant number wear straight-hair weaves, and many will say they dislike their natural texture. They wish they had good hair! In Nigerian, natural hair is referred to as village hair, as opposed to city hair, which has a cosmopolitan connotation, thus assumed to be better.
2. That almost 33% of the women in Afrika are lightening their skin, many openly saying they do not like black skin. Skin lightening occurs in large numbers in Jamaica, as well as other parts of the Afrikan diaspora.
3. That a majority of Afrikan men prefer women with straight hair, and that they themselves put texturizers, waves and use other styles to make their hair appear less kinky or nappy.
4. The fact that we use negative terms to describe our hair, suggests a negative attitude towards our selves. Malcolm told us you cannot say you love an apple but hate the apple tree! The apple and apple tree are as connected as much as you and your hair.
5. That the majority of music videos feature very few dark skin women, but instead feature African-Asian, Latina, or mulatto types, all women with lighter skin and less than nappy/kinky hair .
6. That the majority of Afrikan American children prefer white or lighter skin dolls. Moreover, they associate the dark doll with ugliness, and being bad.
7. That significance numbers of our youth continue to use the word nigger (a derogatory term for us that originated during our enslavement) to describe themselves.
8. That 80% of first-born children of Afrikan American women are born outside of marriage. What does this suggest about our commitment to family, raising children.
Concerning our hair, we often hear it has nothing to do with any thing other than style. Still, it is hardly an accident that the two features that most identify us as Afrikan people, skin color and hair texture, are the two things were are most dissatisfied with and want to alter. (How do you say, "Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome?, * How do you spell Inferiority Complex?, Do I hear Willie Lynch?") ** The issue for Global Afrikan people for this century is, "To be Afrikan, black, and beautiful!"
*This concept includes colonialism as well as enslavement.
**Although the actual letter has been proven a fraud, the ideas and practices contained within the letter were actually employed, as the records of various planters confirm.