In more bizarre racist news, the popular site change.org, which allows regular citizens to launch large-scale petitions, was used by a woman to start a petition to get Beyoncé to comb Blue Ivy’s natural hair. [Blue Ivy is her child].
The petition states:
“As a woman who understands the importance of hair care. It’s disturbing to watch a child suffering from the lack of hair moisture. The parents of Blue Ivy. Sean Carter A.K.A Jay-Z and Beyoncé has failed at numerous attempts of doing Blue Ivy Hair. This matter has escalated to the child developing matted dreads and lint balls. Please let’s get the word out to properly care for Blue Ivy hair.”
The creator of this ridiculously offensive petition, Jasmine Toliver, stated that it was all a joke. In fact, she’s natural herself. She says:
“My joke took off anything I guess with ‘sign a petition’ is funny…If I would’ve said ‘sign a petition to save Lebron James hairline’ that would’ve took off (too)! It’s a clever joke! Nobody came up with before.”
Toliver continued by saying:
“Yes I’m natural! Have a seat to most people. I can care less about Beyoncé or (Jay Z) but I do care for the kids hair. People make nothing out of something. I love being black! I’m proud my bloodline runs from Africa. I’m proud of my own tightly coiled kinks. I’m proud of my big lips and brown skin. People just need to (breathe) and chill out.”
The petition already has over 2,000 signatures. To provide you with some context, change.org is usually used to overturn or pressure organizations that are engaging with oppressive practices. There have been change.org petitions for dismantling systems of sexual assault, fighting racist systems of oppression, etc. So, it’s a bit odd that Toliver is using this platform to make a joke about natural hair, especially when so many people are still not comfortable with the sight of natural hair.
In fact, we don’t know if the people who signed the petition were joking like Toliver was. Most people thought the petition was real.
Toliver may have ironically garnered support from racist folks. Though she may have created the petition as a joke, it still highlights the GIANT cultural panic over the sight of natural hair. Hair is political, and natural hair is powerful.
If Toliver wanted to make a joke, she should have poked fun at straight hair textures. It makes no sense to degrade natural hair even further, especially when so many black folks are still grappling with their hair in its natural state.