Warning: This is not a good song.
Don’t Touch My Hair
Song by Solange
Solange is Beyonce’s little sister, so you can tell she doesn’t have any Privilege.
from the album A Seat at the Table
Released September 30, 2016
“Don’t Touch My Hair” is the ninth track on American singer and songwriter Solange’s fourth studio album, A Seat at the Table. It was released by Saint Records and Columbia Records on September 30, 2016 with its music video being released the following week. It was written by Knowles, Bryndon Cook, Sampha Sisay, Dave Andrew Sitek, and Patrick Wimberly.
It only took two guys to write “Ol’ Man River” 90 years ago, but now it takes five to write “Don’t Touch My Hair.”
… During the writing of “Don’t Touch My Hair” and the creation of the full album, she has posted personal essays on her website, Saint Heron, linking the ideas of these personal essays with messages in the album. One essay that has been linked to the creation and writing of “Don’t Touch My Hair” would be “”And Do You Belong? I Do.” In this she says “You and your friends have been called the N-word, been approached as prostitutes, and have had your hair touched in a predominately white bar just around the corner from the same venue.” Experiencing micro-aggressions towards black women’s hair, and being the daughter of a hairdresser, lead Knowles to create a song based on how hair is “incredibly spiritual, and, energetically, it really encompasses and expresses who we are.” She states the meaning of the song “is as much as what it feels like to have your whole identity challenged on a daily basis, although physically touching the hair is extremely problematic!”
Hair has been used as a tool of oppression to black people in the United States because of the different textures and styles black women’s hair offers. Such textures and styles have been mocked, appropriated, and used as a source for profiling. Solange reflect in her song how her hair is a major part of her identity and influences her daily life, because it offers difference to the stereotyped “normal” hair textures european/white culture so often displays. Historically, black women have “normalized” and changed their hair in order to perform respectability politics, to gain respect from white society as black hair was seen as deviant and unprofessional. Because of the hundreds of years of oppression black people have encountered due to their hair, black person’s hair is inherently a huge part of one’s identity, yielding the importance of respecting other hair styles and textures, as well as not misappropriating one’s culture by adopting styles and techniques without proper credit to those who created them. Solange titles the song “Don’t Touch My Hair” to gain respect and ownership of her hair, which is important work in black feminism, speaking against systematic racism. In the black community, hair is a means of opportunity, which is socially unjust. Hair styles and textures have played an extreme role in the profiling and viewing of black people, keeping them from certain professions, interviews, and spaces, which is more familiarly referred to as racism. …
Though “Don’t Touch My Hair” was widely acclaimed, it was less successful commercially. It debuted, and peaked, at 91 on the Billboard’s Hot 100 the week of October 22, 2016, dropping off the chart the next week.
Well, it is pretty boring.