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    Posted: Jul 08 2014 at 12:28pm
http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2014/07/meme_shames_black_women_for_buying_weaves_from_koreans.html?wpisrc=topstories

Really? Meme Shames Black Women for Buying Weaves From Koreans

Whoever created this image went all in on stereotypes and embraced a lot of shaky assumptions (which, of course, is nothing new when it comes to Internet commentary about this particular group).

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The image above, which appears to have been created sometime last year, resurfaced and popped up in our Facebook newsfeed today, along with a reminder of a seemingly timeless theme: the stereotype-based shaming of black women for choices that don't harm anyone and, really, aren't anyone else's business.

The meme—which essentially says that black women wear weaves because they have poor self-images, and the Korean-American owners of the places they shop encourage this alleged dysfunction so that they can cash in—isn't the first look at the role of Korean businesses in predominantly African-American neighborhoods. Far from it. That phenomenon has beenresearchedanalyzed and debated since decades before the dawn of the meme era—no pictures or mean-spirited accusations necessary.

Nor is it the first time someone has used the power of social media to purge his or her own frustration with black women's behavior while tossing aside critical thinking. Read A Womyn's Worth on the silly assumptions behind this one, for example:

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But this latest attempt to make a point falls almost infuriatingly short. Not only does it assign an unfairly cynical outlook to Korean business owners (safe to assume the family in the photo isn't actually behind this creation, right?), but it also makes a lot of unfounded assumptions about why black women choose to style their hair in any particular way. (We're still waiting for the data on the correlation between "lack of racial pride" and weaves, and also interested in how we're to make sense of white women adding extensions to their hair.)

Finally, it fails to acknowledge the obvious: Anytime anyone buys anything from someone else, that person is arguably sending someone else's kids to college. So why the criticism of black women's spending and styling habits specifically?

Unfortunately, that's not a hard question to answer. 

Jenée Desmond-Harris is associate editor of features at The Root. Follow her on Twitter.

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Who do we have so pressed that they keep making memes of us?
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My hair is chinese try again boo

and fugg the natural nazi that made that dry ass meme
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Just worry about sending YOUR kid to college.... 
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^^^My bets are that it wasn't made by a natural nazi, it was made by a man.

Also, Black women's current rate of college enrollment is higher than any other race/gender. Including Asian women and Asian men. 

S.N. This kind of reminded me of the other thread where an asian guy "allegedly" talked about how Asians have more pride than blacks.
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yawn....what's for dinner?
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Originally posted by _ConcreteRose_ _ConcreteRose_ wrote:

^^^My bets are that it wasn't made by a natural nazi, it was made by a man.

Also, Black women's current rate of college enrollment is higher than any other race/gender. Including Asian women and Asian men. 

S.N. This kind of reminded me of the other thread where an asian guy "allegedly" talked about how Asians have more pride than blacks.
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And yes, this is another racist meme meant to further divide and shame Black people. Look at the big picture folks.
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I don't condone this...but i would like to see blacks look after their own hair and wear their hair out more often.... all i see is weaves nowadays. If its for a protective hairstyle then great but i see some women and sadly young teenagers hide behind it.....relaxed or natural...we should be showing off our beauty. All black hair is beautiful. 
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