I think that you have missed something really significant.
Darleana McHenry
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When I am sent to the lab of a hospital for an X-Ray for pneumonia and told that I must take down my brains because they don’t know what those things are in my hair and I reply that it is my hair in my hair and must spend 25 minutes taking my hair done in order to get the medication to save my life but when a white woman wears the same style she is celebrated and considered chic, there is a problem.

That’s a pretty blatant false equivalency. Tight braids are well-known to cause artifact on imaging procedures, obscuring the diagnostics and sometimes leading to false diagnoses. The tech didn’t tell you to take them out because “OMG a black woman, how dare she?!”. They did it because they knew how to do their job.

Also, for you to attempt to draw a comparison between reactions to you wearing your hair a certain way and a white woman doing the same, you have to place both woman in the same situation. It’s why in science, every experiment focuses on having only a single variable changed between groups, so that any difference noted can be attributed to the variable. Instead, you’re comparing two radically different scenarios and claiming that you can draw inference from them.

When Black women are told that African fabrics are not formal enough for evening attire and judged as being “out of synch” but when a White woman shows up with an African patterned dress she is admired and celebrated, there is a problem.

When does this happen? I hear things like this constantly on the internet, but I've never come across anything remotely like it. On the off chance that this is a common thing, i’d suggest that a possible explanation would be that a white woman wearing an African patterned dress could be admired because she is seen to be stepping outside the comfort zone of her own culture and broadening her horizons.

When a White woman wears “urban clothes”, she has “street cred” when a Black woman does the same, she is ghetto and denied promotion and access to resources.

It depends on what you mean by street clothes. Generally, the adage “dress for the job you want” applies in business. If you want to be successful you should dress in a manner that comports with what success in that particular environment looks like. If it’s in the fashion industry or something related to style, then sure one can make a fashion statement by dressing however they like. In most other business settings, there is an expected dress code that doesn’t involve anything that might make one think of the ghetto.

This has nothing to do with race/culture, let’s not pretend that a white woman wearing urban clothes is getting promoted for having “street-cred”.

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