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Free the ‘Fro!
Free the ‘Fro!

By MONIQUE YOUNGER on Jun 07, 2021

If children, the natural extension of their parents/household, are allowed to be seen outside the house looking unkempt, like a ‘ragamuffin’, what does that say about their parents? Wild, wooly hair would surely garner inevitable comparisons to Buckwheat, (the dark skinned Black boy on Little Rascals) and that was unacceptable – for little Black girls or boys.

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Respectability Politics
Respectability Politics

By MONIQUE YOUNGER on Mar 08, 2021

A black child’s proximity to mainstream respectability is a kind of social barometer for many black parents. Respectability politics, the tendency of a minority group to police its unique cultural practices, is not universally accepted as good practice in black communities. 

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