There’s a new, interactive exhibit in New York City taking place on Saturday that’s all about touching black hair.
No, it’s not some kind of joke.
It’s actually an innovative project by Antonia Opiah, the founder of un-ruly.com. Last month, Huffington Post published a column of hers in which she talks about how some black women are uncomfortable with total strangers asking if they can touch their hair. In the piece, Opiah describes the time she was in Paris and a woman came up to her and asked if she could have a feel.
“My response to such a solicitation usually depends on my mood," she wrote. "On this night I was tickled by being asked the question in French, so I obliged. She stroked me. She actually really got in there, so I had to curtly make her stop. I wonder if she got any satisfaction from it and if so, what kind? Did my hair feel good on her hands? Was some sort of curiosity finally satisfied? Or was I simply just a Saturday night amusement?”