Black Women on Body Discrimination, From Colorism to Natural Hair Discrimination

In this op-ed, Nairobi Williese Barnes explains why she made a video to share Black women’s stories about body discrimination.

Ever since I was a little girl, I was self-conscious of my Black features because I faced so much criticism from society.

At 5 years old, I remember my mom desperately taking me to hair salons across the Bay Area. I was denied every time, hearing other women tell my mother that my hair was “too much,” “too thick,” or “too unmanageable.” It broke her heart and damaged my self-esteem.

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