DYK? Black Women Were Legally Forced To Wear Headwraps In America?


Source: Urban Intellectuals

Yes, black women, at one point in American history were forced to cover their hair, subduing their traditional African heritage and their natural hair. It became a sign of shame before it became a norm and later a point of resistance for some.

The Visibility project wrote that:

During the late 18th century, Black and Creole women in Louisiana were forced to wear head wraps, or tignons, because they wore their hair “in such elaborate ways that it attracted the attention of white men.” And when I say ‘forced’ I mean sanctioned, as in the Louisiana government passed laws to effectively regulate Black women’s hair.

Learn about yet another fascinating but disgusting point in American history in the below video and read more on the Visibility Project:

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