I'm half white half black but was raised by my white grandparents growing up in racist town, Kentucky. I was tormented as a kid because I wore my hair natural for the better part of 14 years (I would occasionally get a relaxer but they never set well with my sensitive scalp), some of my family would tease me about it but I never felt unloved or hurt by what they said. And now that I wear my hair curly all the time and its well defined and well taken care of they love it more than when I wear it straight ( from 14 to17 I kept it thermally/chemically straightened). Good luck and as long as you like your hair that's all that matters, everyone else will fall in line behind you, and if they don't then that is their fault. Besides, I've always thought that curlies have as much personality as their hair does.