12:53:56 AM Jun 14th 2012
The entire second paragraph attempting to put a postmodern race-and-gender spin on this trope strikes me as a load of armchair pontificating straight out of an undergrad African American Studies class, so I will be removing it. If anyone feels it belongs on the page or can be modified in such a way as to not come off as baseless and subjective theorizing, feel free to engage in discussion here.
08:25:38 AM Aug 29th 2012
edited by nijikon
edited by nijikon
I think you were right to dump that garbled theorizing. However, it might still be worth noting that afro hair *does* carry a lot of political baggage. The Afro hairstyle is certainly associated with the civil rights and black pride movements of the 60's and 70's and thats close enough in cultural memory for afro hair to still be an explicit statement of blackness. Which raises unfortunate implications when its not deemed acceptable hair for a man representing the establishemnet/positions of power. I dunno, maybe just a couple of sentences along the lines of: "The Afro hairstlyle still carries the political baggage it aquired during the Civil Rights and Black Power movements of the 1960's and 1970's. While black male characters are now often cast in leadership roles the conspicuous absence of afro hair in these roles could be seen as an unfortunate implication: you can have black characters as long as they're not <i>too black</i> How's that sound?
11:25:27 PM Dec 4th 2012
I guess, although I would argue that despite its initial associations with the black power movement, by the time the 70s had come and gone the afro was seen more as a fashion statement than a political one (c.f. the number of white guys from that time period who attempted it, plus Bob Ross) and therefore is considered today, like most other items of 70s fashion (c.f. the moptop), passe and silly, even though there are still at least some African Americans who use it (often, I would imagine, as a deliberate throwback).
11:06:14 AM Mar 26th 2012
Ummm... if the intro specifically says that Barack Obama isn't an example, shouldn't we get rid of Barack Obama as an example?
04:25:12 PM Aug 6th 2011
In The Warriors the leader of the Grammercy Riffs (Masai) is not bald. Also, most members of his gang are black. He's not even the only black leader: The Boppers from Harlem and the Panzers have black leaders too.
01:29:12 PM May 8th 2011