Sesame Street might have gotten lots of criticism from parents about singer Katy Perry’s inappropriate cleavage display but no one can criticize their latest initiative to get little black girls to love their natural hair.
With all the pressures and psychological trauma black women face on account of their naturally curly, more coarsely textured hair, drilling self-love into the minds of toddlers is an exceptional move. As soon as children of different races begin to notice the differences that exist between them, the curiosity about those differences set in. Little white girls start asking to play with and touch the hair of little black girls and while, for that time period, it’s all innocent, that little black girl will soon start to feel like the odd man out.
“Why doesn’t my hair look like that, why do I have to wear my hair up to school, why does everyone always want to touch my hair?”
In other words, those little black girls will start to feel like zoo animals in some sort of science fair. And then the self-hatred begins. Chris Rock got the idea for his film Good Hair after realizing that his young daughter already had a complex about her textured hair and there was nothing he could do to make her feel better about it. If you grow up feeling like what you were born with isn’t good enough, imagine the problems that creates for the future.
If the program respected and known for early childhood education and development is on board with trying to improve the self-esteem of little black girls, we can only expect a plethora of healthy, more balanced black children and adults in the future.