For Discussion: Viola Davis Says “It’s Unfair To Judge A Mother By The Way Her Child’s Hair Looks” And Talks Being Called Ugly By White Children

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Viola Davis Says Mothers Shouldn’t Be Judged By Appearance Of Their Child’s Hair

A-list Hollyweird actress Viola Davis is clapping back at those who criticize mothers based on the look of their child’s hair in the latest issue of Essence Magazine.

In addition to flawlessly gracing the Essence cover for the month of October, Viola opened up about being teased by white children when she was younger and black America’s infatuation with children’s hair care.

via Essence Magazine

On criticism of mothers based on the appearance of their child’s hair:
“There’s not one woman in America who does not care about her hair. But we give it way too much value. We deprive ourselves of things, we use it to destroy each other, we’ll look at a child and judge a mother and her sense of motherhood by the way the child’s hair looks.

I am not going to traumatize my child about her hair. I want her to love her hair.”

On her childhood experiences with racism:
“My image of myself {as a youth] was in the mouths of young White kids calling me…ugly…and then going home to a mother who did not fully embrace her own beauty.”

Needless to say, Ms. Viola is definitely getting the last laugh.

Do you agree with her stance on the exaggerated value placed on the appearance of a child’s hair and how it reflects on the mother?

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