I received this interesting email from a reader this morning;
This doesn’t have much to do with hair, but I wanted to call your attention to this story.
A Vancouver, WA woman won the sympathies of America over claims that on August 30 a black woman walked up to her and threw acid on her face. Turns out she made the story up and had actually threw acid on her own face.
What may seem like a harmless description reinforces stereotypes. In this case the fictitious black woman walked up to the victim and said “Hey pretty girl. Want something to drink?” before throwing acid on her face. This description insinuates that the black woman was for whatever reason maybe jealous of this white woman’s beauty? I may be going too far with that assumption, but it’s worth discussing.
Click HERE for a story on black women’s reactions to the attack accusations.
The 28-year-old ‘victim’, Bethany Storro, received worldwide support after the alleged attack and even booked a spot on the Oprah Winfrey show (that spot has now been canceled).
What are your thoughts? Does this play to the old stereotype of black women being jealous of white women?