Black woman's reaction goes viral after confronting white woman who repeatedly played with her hair
A black woman's reaction to another woman touching her hair without permission has gone viral on social media.
While some people might think it's okay to touch someone else's hair without permission, there are also some that are very particular with their boundaries. That's exactly what happened to a black woman with long braided hair, who was trying to peacefully order something at a fast food restaurant.
However, a white woman has decided that her hair was too interesting not to touch, and decided to continuously play with the braids despite the other woman looking particularly bothered.
This is the craziest shit I’ve seen in a minute wow wow wow. Yesterday at Little Azio’s. pic.twitter.com/sdHJn48x3a— Dustin Chambers (@dustchambers) September 7, 2018
Freelance photographer Dustin Chambers was lining up with the two women until he saw the weird situation happening. Because of the way the white woman was playing with her hair, Dustin actually thought that the two ladies were friends as she looked comfortable doing what she was doing. However, it turns out that they didn't know each other since the woman with the braided hair ended up confronting the person touching her hair.
I saw her playing with it as I walked in, and decided to film when I realized they didn't know each other. She says "I'm being very friendly today but please don't touch my hair."— Dustin Chambers (@dustchambers) September 7, 2018
The most irritating part of this is how the black woman would’ve been perceived as “aggressive” or “overreacting” by many people if she’d had a different response.— Jewel Wicker (@jewelwickershow) September 7, 2018
Props to the patient customer, she tried her best not to say anything as she let the woman behind her stroke her hair repeatedly. However, once she's had enough, she decided to finally say something, but she managed to say it in the calmest way possible, keeping her facial expressions and demeanor in check.
Although the video didn't capture what exactly she said, Chambers did the rest of the internet the honors by updating them of what had happened.
I was once using a PC and a colleague came behind me, put her hands in my hair, basically massaging my scalp and goes "it's just like pasta twists but it's soft!"— It's been 33 fucking days 2021 (@Robyn_Letair) September 7, 2018
As she turned back, she apparently said:
"I'm being very friendly today, but please don't touch my hair."
After the video was posted online and has garnered more than 27 thousand retweets, 60 thousand likes, and 3 thousand comments, people started to note how what the white woman was doing was an act of passive racism against the black woman. Aside from these, some women have also shared similar experiences they've had, wherein white women would touch black women's hair without permission.
She handled that very well but she shouldn't have to.— Kweenk (@Kweenk15) September 9, 2018
Overall, the anonymous woman was commended for her composure, saying that while she handled the situation well, she shouldn't have to as what the white woman did was extremely impolite.