The term afro in itself isn't negative.. It becomes an insult when someone uses it to describe a negative trait about themselves.An afro is a type of style, it's in the dictionary. I saw no negativity in her story that was putting down African Americans or the term afro. The people making the statements to her were hurtful. Not everyone goes for or wants a poofy style on their head, nor does it look great on everybody. A person's preference in hair style is not racist if they are using the term to describe the hair style that they had.The way the word "Afro" is used by some people who use this forum is hurtful.Let's just agree to disagree. This forum is meant to discuss hurtful comments people have made about your hair, not each one of our personal opinions on the word/use of the word Afro and term natural hair movement.
This links in with the hurtful comments people have made about about peoples' hair.
I actually pointed out on another thread that the way some people use the term "Afro" is racist.
I see Bobby talking about his white man's fro all the time, and everybody oogles over that. Bobby is great, and his white man's fro potential is great. So how is Dani being negative? I'm not quite sure I understand.
"Look at her afro. It is gorgeous!"- Describes a woman with a deliberate afro style or afro textured hair.
"Ugh, all my hair does is turn into an afro"- Describes a frizzy, possibly bad hair day.
Why should someone's type of hair be used as someone else's bad hair day? Find another way to express your disdain for your hair.
I don't think people necessarily intend to use the word as a negative thing, but IMO it's just like the phrase "That's so g*y"..
I also don't think that people should be allowed to say whatever they want and then say "oh well I didn't mean it that way". If it's offensive, whether it was intended or not, it should still be pointed out.
These are just my opinions, and I'm not trying to be condescending. I just get frustrated when I read stuff like this because there are women out there with natural textured afro hair and when they read comments that display an "afro" in a negative light, it's offensive and hurtful.