Well, this is interesting... You Can Touch My Hair Exhibit
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Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 04:15PM
Let's face it, if blacks and non-blacks socialized and dated more, there would be more touching of each others' hair and bodies. There wouldn't be some big question about what "black hair" feels like. "Black hair" wouldn't be on display like some exotic animal in a zoo. I think the fact that such an exhibit was inspired in 2013 could be a sad reminder that our society still suffers racial segregation.
And so, when people inevitably protest this exhibit, their visceral reactions are partially due to the fact that this exhibit is, at its heart, a representation of modern day segregation. The exhibit may also be suggestive of a kind of fetishizing of a politically disenfranchised group of people. Pain-provoking for some.
That said, the exhibit also educates people. Life is complex.
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