This is not an afro:
These are afros:
Mimicking black hair by throwing on a wig is racist and cultural appropriation. Calling unwashed/matted/unmanageable/dirty hair “afros” is racist.
When you mimic how we look, or refer to your unbrushed hair as an “afro”,it proves just how racist eurocentric beauty standards view people of color and our bodies and have no respect for our natural beauty.
Our hair is beautiful, our hair is natural, and we work hard to take care of it.
Black people aren’t the only people who can have afros. Many penises have one. But that’s beside the point.
Throwing on an “afro” (and I use quotations as to not ‘mimic’ your culture) wig for a party is not racist; it is merely to have a “crazy” hairstyle that one would normally not wear for a social gathering in order to have fun. I sincerely doubt people who refer to their hair as “afros” or wear “afro” wigs are purposefully and maliciously putting down black culture. Don’t forget that it was also a style icon in the 70’s. People are more likely making fun of Mike Brady (from The Brady Bunch, not some black dude by the way) when they wear afro wigs than African American culture.
(Source: sluteverbabe, via formerly-serbranflakes)