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.