It’s not okay to get white people to play black people. It’s not okay to look at the colour of a real, human being’s skin, and just pick the most palatable shade and then colour them in a bit. These actors may be no Rachel Dolezal, but they’re not a substitution for someone’s identity. Hollywood just can’t get it right.
I am not my hair, but at the same time, I am. No amount of shaving can deny the fact that I was born hairy, regardless of my gender identity. No matter how much I cover it up, it does not take away the fact that I feel it is a problem. All of these ideas boil down to one collective thing: hair is political because of conformity being seen as a means to erase or cover up identity.
I have only been praised when it has seemed non-threatening. I can only be congratulated if I am a modest mouse who shies away from everything I have achieved, and disowns it, choosing to cower in the shadow and accept that I am just a stupid girl who was lucky that her parents let her do things. I am ambitious, and I am not going to apologise for it.