Dreadlocks Battle at SFSU- Black Employee Tells White Student He Can’t Wear Them

By Faye Higbee

Dreadlocks Battle at SFSU- Black Employee Tells White Student He Can’t Wear Them

Monday¬†at San Francisco State University, a black employee accosted a white student because he was wearing dreadlocks, which she felt were only from her “culture.”

Let’s see if that’s true:

From a History of Dreadlocks

The first known examples of the hairstyle date back to ancient Egypt, where dreadlocks appeared on Egyptian artifacts. Mummified remains of ancient Egyptians with dreadlocks have even been recovered from archaeological sites.

The Old Testament also recounts the tale of Samson and Delilah in which a man’s potency is directly linked to ‘the seven locks on his head’ and according to Roman accounts, the Celts were described to have ‘hair like snakes’ Germanic tribes, Greeks and the Vikings are all said to have worn dreadlocks too.

Wait! Wait! Wait! – The Celts and Romans aren’t “black” folks or Africans…they be white folk.

But I digress.

Let’s continue:

Greece, Egypt, Rome, Aztecs, Nazarites, Celts (that’s European culture and about as white as you can get), India…you know she’s really off base here. MANY cultures have worn dreadlocks since antiquity.

Dreadlocks have been used to make political statements in recent years, but earlier they were more of spiritual statement. They are now a popular trend among musicians, students, and many others.

“Dreads” were made popular in Raggae music. Rastafairans (those who believe Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie was a direct descendant of King Solomon), wear them as an honor to the Lion of Judah.

This woman clearly doesn’t know her history. And we suspect most blacks believe what she’s telling this man. As he says, “I don’t need your disrespect” several times, she thinks she is the only one entitled to wear them.

But then, disrespect seems to be a huge problem across America right now, whether it’s black, white or any other color.