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Kim Kardashian wore cornrows again, and black women aren’t having it

While casually scrolling through my social media feeds on Saturday, I came across a photo of Kim Kardashian at the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards red carpet debuting yet another braided hairstyle—and this time wearing tribal braids. A few months ago, my immediate reaction would have been to get upset that the reality star continues to appropriate black culture. But this time, I just felt tired. Tired of seeing Kardashian profit by appropriating a multitude of black cultural aspects over and over again. Tired of hearing about the double standards of black women being discriminated against and wrongfully disciplined by their jobs or teenage girls getting suspended for wearing their hair in cornrows at school, while Kardashian casually wears the style on the red carpet and get praised for the exact same look. Just tired.

But let’s face it, this isn’t the first time that Kardashian has worn her hair in cornrows and it likely won’t be the last. Earlier this year, Kardashian wore blond Fulani braids with beads and credited her braided look to ’70s model and actress Bo Derek, who is white.

While many people were frustrated about her choice—and took to Twitter to share why it’s appropriation—Kim instead excluded herself from partaking in important discussion and posted a dismissive Instagram with the caption “Hi, can I get zero f-cks please, thanks.”

Hi, can I get zero fucks please, thanks

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Here’s just a small sampling of the discussion going down on Twitter right now:

As a black woman, it’s frustrating to see a hairstyle that comes with extreme cultural history and significance being paraded around as the latest trend. I’m just waiting for the day when I hear someone call them “Kim K braids.” There are multiple reasons why Kardashian wearing these braids is problematic, but the point that should be acknowledged is her lack of effort to credit the style from its rightful origins. And as frustrating and tiring as situations like these are, we can’t let them go unnoticed.

Taken from GLAMOUR US. Read the original here.

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