Rebuttal Argument- p1nk123456


**If this is all true, how do I expand it? I feel as though this isn’t factual information, mostly common knowledge and assumptions. This also isn’t necessarily specific to my topic. I search for counter arguments last night and I watched your video. I still feel like I cannot find an exact cause.


It can be argued that Black American’s suffer from self hatred at the hands of the majority White society. History makes it easy to blame White people for African-American’s desire to chemically change their hair and skin. This blame can actually be placed on Black Americans themselves.

In today’s society, a Black person’s need to conform is not the fault of White people. It is the fault of whoever feels the need to chemically straighten their hair. The oppression of slavery and segregation caused White people to feel shame in the presence of all Black people, who reminded them of the crime of previous centuries. Black people straightened their hair to ease White consciences by appearing to assimilate and following their beauty standards. When Black people maintain chemically straightened hair, it makes them and the White people around them comfortable since straight hair appears as a way to conform.

Whether you are Black, White, Asian or Latin, no one of any race or ethnicity chooses to look different and to not conform. The average person desire to fit into their culture’s mainstream beauty standards and fashion trend- this isn’t new. People within this society will do anything to conform to the standards set by our culture and to minimize their resentment of their differences. Self-consciousness will cause one to seek an opportunity to alter their difference in the direction of the set societal beauty standard. This is not evidence of self hatred; it is natural to want to conform to society and to look similar to everyone else. Black people are discontent with how they look in comparison to mainstream White beauty standards.


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  1. OK, Pink. Let’s get to work.

    In America, generations of Black people suffered from self hatred. This self hatred has been displayed externally through the way that the majority of Black people style their hair.

    Refutation: That’s insane. Nobody of any race would choose crooked teeth over a mouthful of straight, evenly-spaced piano keys. When a body does not conform to a culture’s beauty standard, its owner senses and resents the difference; when possible, works to minimize that difference. An African-American in Africa wouldn’t hate herself for looking African, but she might be self-conscious about the degree to which she did not appear African. That’s not evidence of self-hatred. It’s the natural reaction of any person to being “nonconforming.”

    The oppression caused by early White society and the social construct of America caused Black people to style their hair using harsh chemicals and processes to have hair that is similar to White people.

    Refutation: The oppression of slavery caused White people to feel shame in the presence of all Black people, who reminded them of their crime. Black people straightened their hair to ease White consciences by appearing to assimilate.

    Black people without “tamed” hair have a harder time finding employment.

    Refutation: See above. Whites are uncomfortable with “unassimilated” Blacks who insist on their own cultural identity (deemed antithetical to White society, a challenge to the myth that we are “post-racist.”). The choice to tame their hair is purely economic.

    Black people are discontent with how they look in comparison to mainstream beauty standards.

    Refutation: Who isn’t? Only twelve women and twelve men in the world don’t have to worry about how they compare to “beauty standards,” and of those blessed twelve, four think their thighs are too big.

    Generations of American Black women have struggled to meet the ideal Eurocentric White beauty standard, including the styling of their hair.

    Refutation: Nothing new here, just reiteration. White girls, Latin girls, girls of every shade of ethnicity respond to fashion trends, sometimes craving curls or waves, sometimes poker-straight locks. They don’t have to hate themselves to want to meet the “fashion trend.” They just want to be attractive.

    Understand I’m not disagreeing with anything you say, Pink except (and here I am BOISTEROUSLY DISAGREEING WITH YOU) that you think your position can’t be refuted. Don’t be smug. Your hypothesis is vulnerable to all sorts of objections. Now go find the best one you can and take it out at the knees. You’ll feel better when you’ve faced down the opposition.


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