Epidemically around the world, hundreds of millions of Nappy People are afflicted with full-blown AANS, ”Acquired Anti-Nappy Syndrome.” While no nappy person is born with it, they acquire it from their parents and family. AANS victims assault their hair with scorching metal combs and grease, frying each nappy strand until it is straight, to imitate the straight limp hair and hairstyles of Caucasians. In the process, some burn their hair and scalps. Others assault their hair with “chemical relaxers” (sodium or calcium hydroxide) which are so dangerous and poisonous that it burns the scalp shortly after applied, causing blisters and even permanent scalp and hair damage if left on too long or used too often. Additionally, chemicals from these relaxers are absorbed into the bloodstream; they are carcinogenic and can even cause birth defects. And since nappy hair keeps growing out as nappy as ever, the assault must be periodically repeated to maintain artificial straightness. Thus the hair is repeatedly damaged, forced to be what it is not, forced with “lye,” to lie by lying straight. The scalps attached are likewise repeatedly damaged, by exposure to, and absorption of applied poisons.
But the worse damage appears to go unnoticed or even unacknowledged since this has become accepted “normal” behavior; this is the damage to the psyches which own the scalps. This psychological damage is “Acquired Anti-Nappy Syndrome,” a form of self-rejection and self-hatred. The outward manifestation of this inner dis-ease is the War on Nappy Hair. AANS perpetuates and holds this war in place. The War on Nappy Hair was taken to such extremes, that in some Caribbean islands during the 1980s, not only was it illegal for Blacks to have locked hair, but if they dared display it in public, they could be arrested or even shot and killed on sight by the police! who were Black themselves! And nappy foreigners sporting dredlocks, attempting to visit these areas, were detained at airports and not permitted to stay in the country unless they wore wigs or hats to hide their locks.
This means practically the whole world. Thus around the world, Nappy People have been successfully conditioned by their European colonizers to reject or scorn everything that makes them unique as Afrikan people; their sable skin of varying beautiful hues, full sensuous lips, broad noses, Afrikan culture, Afrikan names, and their divine nappy hair -spiraling hair expressing the divine Spiral Principle of Creation. The dictionary (like everything in these societies) promotes AANS by demeaning key words which commonly relate to Afrikan people. Example: “kinky,” like the word “black,” is associated with undesirable characteristics. By the same token, key words commonly relating to white people are elevated, thus “straight,” like the word “white,” is associated with desirable characteristics. Reflecting this attitude, the literature in the boxes of “chemical hair relaxers” refer to straighter hair as “fine,” and nappiest hair as “coarse.”
While it is mainly women that show the visible evidence of AANS, nappy men are just as afflicted; their compliments and attention seem to favor women wearing straightened hair; or perhaps they have little choice since AANS-afflicted women are everywhere. They are the overwhelming majority. AANS is also evident with Nappy Men today, though not as rampant as it was from the early 1900s to the 1970s.
It’s hard work to keep all that nappy hair straight. It’s time consuming as well, wasting countless hours that can be productively used in nurturing self-knowledge and self-respect. For who will respect you if you don’t respect yourself? If 90% of whites were always perming up their straight hair to imitate kinky hair, this would clearly broadcast the statement that they don’t like themselves (self-hatred); and are rejecting part of themselves. Furthermore, keeping nappy hair straight is COSTLY. In America alone, Black people annually spend billions, that’s right billions of dollars on Black hair care at a time when Black colleges, businesses and organizations are facing financial ruin.1 This stands as a shameful witness to the success of the campaign to turn Afrikans against their own natural traits and thus against themselves.
Furthermore, AANS damaged hair is probably destroyed in its ability to transmit energy or be antennae. Instead of tuning into higher vibrations, such enslaved, maligned hair probably tunes into lower energies or likely, no energy at all, since it is cooked, hence dead.
they are accepting and loving their natural spiral-hair, particularly as they awaken to knowledge of their true history, true culture, and true selves, and reject the false, anti-Afrikan history taught to them in anti-Afrikan school systems established by anti-Afrikan people. Fortunately, AANS and its outward symptoms are not permanent. As fresh new virgin hair grow out of those poisoned scalps, so can AANS exit forever.
The term itself is derived from “dread,” for locked hair was considered “dreadful” ! British soldiers coined the term “dreadlocks” during Jamaica’s colonial period, from the soldiers’ attempts to oppress the Afrikan Maroons who revolted against slavery. Now, not only is locked hair accepted, it’s even fashionable. In fact, people desiring instant long locks can now buy pre-made locks of any length or thickness, made from human hair. Thus a day is surely comin’ when Blacks stop regarding nappy hair as “bad hair,” and straighter hair as “good hair.” They will have completely thrown off the negative racist conditioning causing them to imitate their colonizers at the expense of their self respect. As a result, Acquired Anti-Nappy Syndrome will be healed. Manufacturers of hot combs and relaxers will go out of business. And Nappy People will end the War on their Nappy Hair. Once more they will esteem their precious Nappy Hair as the ancients did, as the spiraling “Hair of the Gods.”
Article by Dr Suzar
This is a video by Tariq Nasheed. Tariq is a film producer/author/pick up artist. In this video he talks about the fake Bohemian chicks. I’ve heard this term before. Sometimes they are called fake conscious women,Hotep Hos and wannabe deep mystical women. Tariq even calls them Herbal Tea chicks. Yes he likes to be funny at times. I guess he sees himself as a comedian. Well he believes that most of them are freaks in bed and they all smoke weed. He says whether they are black or white women. Most of the white women I’ve seen who dress up like Rastafarians and wear their hair in “gold locks” are just trying to sleep with black men. White people look so silly trying to wear braids and locks in their hair. But that’s another subject. One thing I hate is broad generalizations. Most of the sistas I meet who are Afrocentric are not freaky whores. I don’t think that’s an accurate description at all. I will admit that many of them do wear their hair natural,many are vegan(not all),shop at farmers markets,into holistic health and like different oils and shea butter. But so what? There’s nothing wrong with wanting a healthier lifestyle and wearing natural hair.
I love this natural hair video. It showcases some lovely sistas. I think this whole natural hair movement is a great thing. I think it shows that black women don’t want to conform to European standards of beauty. And this hair revolution has really caught on in the black conscious community. I think we need to get rid of sick terms like “good hair”. They are self destructive terms that instill anti-blackness. Good hair is healthy hair. And I think we as black men should see this as a good thing that more black women are embracing their natural African-textured hair. Most of the conscious women I’ve met have been down to earth decent sistas. Most are not judgmental or mean spirited. Most I’ve met have been very friendly and happy to meet a brother that has knowledge of self. I’ve had great discussions with sistas about racism,feminism,misogyny,healthy diet,unemployment and the prison system. I don’t think we should make blanket statements about people like that. I don’t think we should be poking fun at people gaining knowledge of self. They should be given props for putting forth the effort.
I’ve had conscious sistas tell me they admire women like Marimba Ani,Frances Cress Welsing,Sister Souljah,Harriet Tubman,Betty Shabazz and Assata Shakur. I think it’s a beautiful thing when black women can look up to sistas who tried to uplift our people. I don’t think brothers should feel intimidated by the achievements of black women. It doesn’t mean they are anti-men at all. There’s no need to say they hate men or that they’re lesbians. I realize that there are some black feminists that do honestly hate men. I know because I have chatted with many of them on social media. But most sistas I meet are not that way. Also I think many of them have just been hurt by men in the past. And it’s really sadness that they feel and it eventually turns into anger. Black women have a right to discuss their pain and suffering. It’s okay for a sista to have an opinion. And we as black men should be open to hearing their voice. The pain that many black women feel comes from the fact that many feel no one cares about them. There are many memes on the internet that make fun of them. By ignorant black men no less. Many calling their hair ugly and nappy. And I’ve seen memes that poke fun at dark skinned women. I will be addressing this hatred of dark skin in an upcoming post. This is really anti-blackness at it’s core. So I don’t think it’s funny to make fun of my conscious sistas. At least they’re putting forth the effort to learn about African culture,history and the greatness that is in our bloodline. If anything we should be saluting these black women. Not calling them fake Bohemian chicks. It’s the same thing when they generalize conscious brothers as “fake hoteps” That will be addressed in part two.
I just want all my conscious pro-black sistas to know that I love you. Keep reading your African history books, eating vegan,burning incense,shopping at farmers markets,wearing headwraps and listening to Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu music. Keep doing your thing! Embrace your inner beauty as well as your outer beauty. And know that you truly are the physical manifestation of God. I applaud my sistas trying to better themselves and showing young black girls a better past. Many conscious sistas were on the wrong path themselves and don’t want to see the younger generation make the same mistakes. As we all know in African culture the mother is the first teacher. It’s really shame that we make fun of those who are trying to seek higher knowledge. That shows how deep this anti-blackness goes. We are a damaged people and in need of healing. So I leave you with this great video by Queen Afua. She speaks about the need for healing. Which we really need right now. And no she is not some fake wannabe conscious woman. She is the REAL deal. Peace to all my sistas. I love you. ❤