More Than About Black Hair
Your hair is your glory,
But fake hair is another story.
Many people praise your extensions,
But they fail to mention
The roots and edges
Which look like hedges
Whose roots are receding
From the ground for lack of water.
For chemicals have placed things out of order.
These man-made concoctions
Cause unnatural stresses
Upon the natural perfection
That God abundantly blesses,
Notwithstanding man’s reckless behavior.
But the Lord continues to be our savior;
He will even save black women
From their own rejection
Of the wonderful perfection
That he so carefully created
As their growing crown of splendor.
No matter how hard they continue to hinder
God’s divine and beautiful creation
By seemingly harmless manipulation,
God uses their own sisters,
With their afros, braids, twists, and locks,
To unlock black minds lost within a white box—
A box that contains a history of oppression.
These enlightened black women have begun the lesson
That the “big chop” is more than about
Just cutting of the hair, or the style you wear,
It is about baptism of the spirit and mind.
It helps blacks to loosen the ties that bind
Their unique and God-given ethnic traits
From the clutches of their own unique self-hate.
by Phillip McCullough Jr.
Read the essay that inspired this poem