We have all seen the headlines, praising and bashing the medias coverage of Kim Kardashians latest hair style, "Boxer Braids", or more commonly known to the Black community as, CORNROWS. Rightfully so, social media activist band together to denounce the mass misnomer of Mrs. West's latest do. Yet again, the media has deliberately chosen to erase Blackness from Black culture. But are we surprised? However, with the same breathe we are shouting to take back our cultural distinctions that make us diverse, unique and beautiful, we are also shaming Black girls and women into "tame" and "neat" hair dos. Women and girls are spending innumerable amounts of money and time on products to twist, braid, and manipulate their hair into more visually palatable patterns and styles. Honestly speaking, most of us would never think to wear cornrows anywhere other than on vacation out of convenience.
Now that our signature hair style has been white washed, many of us will be more inclined to venture out to places we often frequent, even work, under the guise of being trendy. But in reality, we have been insecure, and ashamed to look so different all along. We have been afraid to be seen as unintelligent, unemployable, untrustworthy, and ugly. As infuriating as it might be, to the credit of mainstream media we can now wear our boxer braids as we please.