Jeremy Lin who is rocking dreadlocks this season talks openly about Cultural Appropriation!
In today’s day and age, everything is seen as cultural appropriation.
If one culture is said to be the originator of something specific, other cultures taking along is sometimes seen as a problem.
The Brooklyn Nets guard who is rocking dreadlocks this season has been known to wear different looks.
New cut ???? pic.twitter.com/junaEMZ0Fl
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) October 3, 2017
From a spiky mohawk, to double braids and a mini ponytail, he is always doing something new.
In an article for The Player’s Tribune titled, Lin wrote a piece titled, “So… About My Hair.”
In the post, he talks about his decision as well as how he discussed the idea with several people, from teammates to Nets staffers, because he was worried about appropriating black culture.
— The Players’ Tribune (@PlayersTribune) October 4, 2017
“I still wasn’t sure. A recent conversation I had with Savannah Hart, a Nets staff member who’s African-American, really resonated with me. I told her about my thought process — how I was really unsure about getting dreads because I was worried I’d be appropriating black culture. She said that if it wasn’t my intention to be dismissive of another culture, then maybe it could be an opportunity to learn about that culture.”
“I took some time to think about it but still had reservations. I asked Rondae if he’d be willing to get dreads with me and he said,
“Bro, I’ve been growing my hair out for you. Let’s do it.” So this weekend, Rondae and I got our hair dreaded — for eight hours straight.”
“At the beginning of this article, I said I wanted to hear what you think. I truly do.”
“Because honestly, I may be wrong here. Maybe one day I’ll look back and laugh at myself, or even cringe. I don’t have the answers. But I hope the thing you take away from what I’m writing is not that everyone should feel free to get braids or dreads — or that one gesture can smooth over the real misunderstandings that exist in our society around race and cultural identity. Not at all.”
You can read more of the article here! Take a look at some of his different hairstyles and let us know what you think!