Let’s talk about hair: each strand of it contains your DNA — which are the building blocks of you. Every little individual trait is encoded on that one little piece of hair.
And that strand? It’s strong. It can hold up to 100 grams. Multiply that by the 100,000 strands on the average human head and that’s the weight of two elephants. Really sturdy stuff.
But hair is also a marker for identity and individuality. And hair has had cultural significance throughout world history. This past week this became an issue at San Francisco State University when a video of an altercation between a student of color and a white student with dreadlocks became public. Was this a case of cultural appropriation? Was it inappropriate?
We also discuss what our own religions and cultures say about hair. And our own experiences with the way we style, color or cover it.
Interstitial Music: Cut Your Hair (Pavement)