Dread Starter Kits for White People
Ah'ight. P said I spoke on the "Pink Elephant" in my previous post. But now I'm going to speak on the "Florescent Green Orangutan" chillin in the corner with the light blue FUBU jersey. Yup, White dudes with Dreads, dreadlocks, locks or whatever you want to call them. I have a female friend who calls them "Mad-locks."
I really don't know where this topic fits in my blog, but I'm going to fit it...
To keep it simple, I've always felt like we as African-Americans have a challenging road to travel when it comes to defining our culture in a unique fashion. In many ways we had to re-create our culture, salvage it, research it, and even start from scratch. Nonetheless, we've been creative and successful in setting trends and implementing cultural lifestyle.
Now, I live on this land-locked island adjacent to the Oakland rainforest called "Berkeley." So I have a feeling that my sightings of White people with dreadlocks might be overwhelmingly lopsided compared to other North American bungalows...
But what I do know is that I do see a lot of White people sporting Dreads, and I have always thought "Why?"
I've always seen it as White people trying to be part of Black culture. Then again, are Dreads part of Black culture? Whether they are or not, I've always compared White people's quest for dreads with Black people's quest for_______________(?) Hmmmm.......I guess that blank is still empty.
I'm saying I've never known Black people to flock to Ozzy Osbourne concerts... Which brings up another issue I have with White dreadies:
Back in the 90's I used to love going to Parliament concerts. I'm saying, I grew up funk and it's one of my favorite genres of music (Actually, is there any other?). But when the Grateful Dead stopped touring in 1995 I noticed an immediate influx of "Dead Heads" or White Hippies with dreads at the P-Funk show(?).
And then one show I noticed that there was a group of Dead Heads in the middle of the floor burning patchouli. I was hella mad. "This ain't no Grateful Dead show," I thought. And shouldn't you be required to wear shoes if you're gonna go to a concert?
Man I was hella mad. I'm still mad. In fact, I ain't seen the Mother Ship land since and I cain't stand the smell of patchouli.
Anywayz, I'm just amazed at how diligent White folk can be when it comes to emulating Black culture. I used to get really upset to see White folks with dreads, but after I peeped this site about this White dude and his "Dread Lock Starter Kit", I'm entertained. Actually I had to wipe the tears from my eyes and I'm almost moved to use the "N" word here. Instead, I'll just simply call him "CRAZY"