Hair colour discrimination, too!

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I sooo Wish that I had Red hair!! My Great Granny had RED hair. LIKE RED! I'm stuck with Brown. Huff. If I accidentally post 'ginger' instead of red then I'm sorry If I offend you, but It isn't offensive to me or the people who I know who are red haired.
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That is just plane CRAZY! WTH? DEATH THREATS?! And what's worse is that the school doesn't take the bullying seriously. Death threats are serious! I hate to say this, but if she was black or non-white and was threatened with death...I bet they'd take it seriously. And it doesn't help that ginger-bashing is becoming more common in tv shows and movies.


When I was in school people used to try to cut my hair out or pull it out of my head, but I never got any death threats.
I'm 14 and I live in England. I was born with long 3c ginger hair. I have only ever straightened it once or twice and have never died it and never will. I completely can't see what a lot of people have against ginger hair, its just another colour, yeah it might stand out more but why does that have to be a bad thing?

I'm lucky that ive had more or less the same group of friends most of my life and they all love my hair. And 99% of people I meet inside or outside of school love it too. But there are allways a few that have a problem, the immature boys that have nothing better to do than make a joke out of anyone they are not friends with.

Its only occasional, but i've learned to live with the stupid jokes. Such as them pretending to warm their hands above my head and "Best put my sunglasses on." Luckily thats pretty much it but I have seen how it can get out of hand.

I was wondering, is it just here in the UK where it happens or is it other places aswell?
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I thought ginger referred more to the combo of red hair, light eyes, and light freckled skin than the red hair itself. I ended up with red hair by accident through henna. I used a henna blend product that promised to create a soft black color. They lied. At first, it looked slightly darker than normal and my blonde highlights were a golden color. Then it faded and turned red, though it's more of an auburn like Debra Messing's.

Anyway, I normally think of the whole combination of light eyes, freckles and red hair when I hear "redhead," like the girl in the picture. I did not know ginger referred to anyone with red hair. Maybe I should be careful. The term really makes no sense to me because I put ginger in my tea or coffee every day and it's yellow, not red.
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Why is red hair referred to as ginger anyways?
Originally Posted by Samielle1
Why is it called red for that matter. One of my nieces spent about two years correcting people and telling them that she had orange hair, not red hair.
Originally Posted by redcelticcurls
My guess is:
1. Most people don't want their hair referred to as orange.
2.The hair actually does look red compared to other hair colors.
Originally Posted by HipsterSoul
I've been wondering this for years! I mean, certain red hair dyes DO look red, but it seems like MOST natural red hair looks MUCH more orange, to me at least. I don't see what the difference in calling your hair orange or red is, personally. What is negative about calling it orange? I think orange is a cute word for it! But I call my red-haired friends red-haired, not orange-haired, because I don't have red hair and they don't like the term orange hair either, so I figure it's not my business!

Anywho, how can anyone in their right mind not like natural redheads? They're incredibly sexy and unique:



And when they're curly on TOP of that? Well that's just hair so ungodly awesome no words can properly describe it.

Of course, I also really love that type 4 hair that, as was pointed out, is also heavily stigmatized. I don't get it! Type 4 hair is GORGEOUS. Are people blind? I think they must be blind! It's so lurvly.
Yeah, people used to try to tell me my hair is orange and I didn't appreciate it.

I just want to hug that little girl. She's so cute and her original hair color is gorgeous! The bullying that kids get away with is insane, and now with social networking sites it seems like the ones who are bullied can never escape it.

Kids were mean to me about my hair growing up, but at the same time grown-ups were constantly telling me how pretty it was. Even with the compliments I used to HATE my hair because of the teasing and wished fervently to be a blonde. There's nothing worse for some children than standing out.

Anyway, there are so many people out there in the world who love red hair and I hope one day that little girl can accept herself. Man, I could have told her that bleaching her hair wouldn't stop the teasing. Poor kid.
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My hair is cinnamon red and curly. I also tan, get freckles, and have brown eyes. I got made fun of for the combination of all these things, and got called freak, ginger, and firecrotch.( People used to pull my curls too.) And even my pale blue eyed redhead cousins made fun of me for my odd coloring as well.

This story made me really sad and brought back bad memories. I can't stand any type of bullying. Another thing I hate is when people call us feisty because of our red hair, I am one of the shyest people you'll ever meet! I think redheads get feisty because they were teased so much as kids, it has nothing to do with our genetics!


I usually dye my hair purple, blue, or green or something ridiculous like that, but I think I might go back to red for a while.


I've been wondering this for years! I mean, certain red hair dyes DO look red, but it seems like MOST natural red hair looks MUCH more orange, to me at least. I don't see what the difference in calling your hair orange or red is, personally. What is negative about calling it orange? I think orange is a cute word for it! But I call my red-haired friends red-haired, not orange-haired, because I don't have red hair and they don't like the term orange hair either, so I figure it's not my business!

Anywho, how can anyone in their right mind not like natural redheads? They're incredibly sexy and unique:



And when they're curly on TOP of that? Well that's just hair so ungodly awesome no words can properly describe it.

Of course, I also really love that type 4 hair that, as was pointed out, is also heavily stigmatized. I don't get it! Type 4 hair is GORGEOUS. Are people blind? I think they must be blind! It's so lurvly.
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Wow, for real? I've never heard that before. (Gives big hug) Thanks! I'm a type 4, and with even my mother thinking the hair is disgusting, it is hard to swallow the years of hatred I have had for my hair...and even harder to believe that other people do appreciate it.

On topic, though, I was appalled by the article and by the school's (lack of) response. And this whole thing over a hair color! Smh. People discriminate over the most random and idiotic things and end up scarring other people for it...
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That's so cruel and unfair.. Poor girl! Her natural hair has a wonderful colour. I can't understand the reason for all this.. I mean, someone is born with some specific colours, characteristics, body type etc. Can't these people understand that it's unfair being critical on something that someone can't choose (genes)?

Maybe in the UK there is still an Irish-British conflict going on? It's so sad seeing young people behave like this, it's so dissapointing. All this prejudice, being inherited from the parents and society in general. So sad.

Personally,I like the hair and facial features of red heaired people so much, that I can feel jealous! Especially when I see red curly hair and freckles So lovely!
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One of the girls at my school has wavy hair most of the time, but sometimes it's more on the curly side. Sometimes I get really jealous of it sometimes. But then my hair will turn red! (in the summer, most brunettes turn blonde, but I go red!) Red hair rocks, and I cannot believe that someone could be so shallow...
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One of the girls at my school has wavy hair most of the time, but sometimes it's more on the curly side. Sometimes I get really jealous of it sometimes. But then my hair will turn red! (in the summer, most brunettes turn blonde, but I go red!) Red hair rocks, and I cannot believe that someone could be so shallow...
Originally Posted by Rotini
Hey, for a great life style and wonderful approval by the general public, move to Hawaii! Redheads are loved there! They are considered blessed by the goddess Pele, goddess of the volcano and fire.
There's discrimination against red-headed people in the UK because there's discrimination against the Irish and Scottish, who often have red hair. The ill-feeling has creeped over to just anyone with red hair. For some reason I've been hearing a lot of this lately among my friends. One of my girlfriends has naturally red hair but chooses to dye it blonde because she gets called everything from "ginger" to "firecrotch." And we're in Washington state! Also there was the whole thing on Southpark about how "gingers and jews can't be pirates." Hello, have you heard of Redbeard? I personally think red hair is FRIGGIN' GORGEOUS, and tried to dye my hair red a little while ago. It turned out more maroon-ish, obviously an unnatural color.
i don't have red hair, but when i was younger, my hair was very blonde and very big. i'm half black and most of my friends were black or mixed with black hair. i used to get teased about having a blonde afro and also being the 'wrong' colour (i'm really light skinned).. people used to call me albino and stuff, my self esteem was really low to the point where i started dying my hair black at 13 and have been dying it up until last year (i'm 23 now). it's only now that i am getting the confidence back to wear my natural hair colour. kids can be really cruel.
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That poor child! Seeing things like that makes me so mad! Personally, I've had an obsession with red heads since the age of seven, due to sitting next to the girl with bright, curly red hair. I was jealous! I never harassed her due to jealousy, but that's the only reason I can think of as to why people would be so awful! They're jealous of her hair of awesomeness!
I'm a natural redhead, and I've gotten a lot of comments about it.

Sometimes people stop me on the street and say "Wow, your hair color is so pretty" and often seem to feel the need to touch it, which creeps me out.

A group of (obnoxious) boys at school often call me a ginger, and then giggle amongst themselves. One of them actually called me a fake ginger once and it took a lot of convincing to get him to stop arguing and accept that this is the way it grows out of my head!

I also remember one time when I was around 4 and at a restaurant, a stranger said something he thought was friendly or funny: "Those redheads have a temper!" or something like that. Guess what I did? I got angry, of course.

One of the things I love about my hair color is that my eyes match it: they're a sort of dark reddish brown, like a darker shade of my hair color.
this is just jealously to the fullest. children are not raised to have manners or just accept ppl as they are anymore. the parents act as if the children just never do anything wrong. i saw this alot growing up in different types of schools. i went to all black schools and all white schools and parents do not care what their children do and when someone tell them that they arent doing right, its like....what, my child would never do anything like this. this is being said w/ the cops, teachers, principals all involved, the parents are just blind to their crazy ass children.

red hair is rare and beautiful and that is the reason for it. the girls were jealous and envious of her and knew that she was sweet. they should get their asses kicked
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My sisters a ginger curly... i love her hair... (tho at the moment its quite short and has brown toner on it), im going to get her this book for Xmas http://www.amazon.co.uk/Roots-Desire...=1BC3DO36COKLB

For some reason have been calling me ginger and rusty... i dont understand why... im blonde... they dont know my sister is ginger tho...

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