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Yes, I'm Black; No, You Can't Touch My Hair

by Cord Jefferson

July 27, 2011


Today, CNN International tackles a problem many people of color, myself included, have experienced over the years: Strangers touching your hair.

Tamara Winfrey Harris tells a story of being in a chain restaurant with her husband when their names were called for a table. Just as the couple rose to go, a middle-aged white woman standing nearby reached out swiftly to touch Winfrey Harris's hair which at the time was styled in natural twists. "She missed by mere seconds, she was actually going to grab my hair as I walked past her," recalled Winfrey Harris who runs the blog What Tami Said. "I turned around and she said, 'Oh, your hair is neat.'"

Photo via Flickr user ASA 100

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