Keke Palmer recently weighed in on the cultural appropriation debate, specifically revealing how she feels about white girls wearing braids. It sometimes raises concern when those of Caucasian descent wear the traditionally black hairstyle, but Keke says she is not bothered by it one bit.
In an interview with Galore Magazine, the Scream Queens actress spilled how she feels about white people embracing African American culture.
"To not be okay with it would be like saying black people shouldn’t get perms," Keke said.
She went on to explain that race shouldn't define your style.
"This goes back to my same message about labels… having braids doesn’t make you black and having straight hair doesn’t make you white. We’re thinking too hard on things honestly," she said. "I’m not really caring about whether or not someone who is not black got braids in their hair."
Keke understands the other side of the story too. She spilled why she thinks people can get caught up in the politics of it all.
"I think the feelings that people have when they have adverse reactions to people that aren’t black wearing braids comes from the feeling that when somebody black does it, it’s not shown the same attention and love. But you can’t concern yourself with that," she continued.
According to Keke, it's unfair for others to place judgement on the cultures you embrace.
"If you’re respectful of the culture and you know about it and you’re educated on it and you know what you’re doing then by all means," she shared. "My black girlfriend does henna and people try to tell her she shouldn’t be wearing henna and doing henna because that’s not her culture. You can’t go around looking at the way other people are perceiving you — it’s not fair to you."
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