[LMB] OT: nappy hair (was Very small child book recommendations)
paal at gis.net
Tue Feb 6 04:44:00 GMT 2007
----- Original Message -----
From: "Thomas Vinson" <t.vinson at sbcglobal.net>
> Jacki in Canberra asks
>> What's offensive about a nappy? (presuming it hasn't been used, that
> In US usage "nappy" refers to very tightly curled (aka kinky) hair.
> Since most Americans with this kind of hair have African ancestry[*]
> it is sometimes perceived as a racial slur.
I've never heard that usage.... I wonder how widespread it is/was?
> See http://www.carolivia.org/nappyhair/ for the book's website,
> including a link to an article about the ruckus (Washington Post --
> the other links seem to be dead).
> [*] within the past few hundred years. For the rest of us such ancestry
> might be a few millenia further removed. Then again, it might not :-)
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