Hair Oppression and Appropriation
journal contributionposted on 2021-10-11, 20:27 authored by AM Chaves, Sondra BacharachSondra Bacharach
In countries like the United States, White people benefit from appropriating Black hair culture, even while Black men and women experience race-based hair discrimination and oppression. One goal of this paper is to raise awareness of hair discrimination and oppression within the philosophical community. Another is to consider whether current theories of appropriation can account for the wrongness of this widespread phenomenon and, if so, how. We are particularly interested in the special case where one minority group appropriates from another minority group - viz. the appropriation of Black hairstyles by Non-Black Persons of Colour (NBPoC). Our paper highlights the complexity of appropriation claims between competing minority groups - both of which have been oppressed, albeit differently, by White people - due to their multi-ethnic, multicultural and, therefore, intersectional, status.