A Study in Brown

Listening to “A Study in Brown” by Clifford Brown and Max Roach and wondering about my latest skin purchase. If you read my previous blog post, you know that I’ve been having some issues with Second Life skins, mostly I’m a bit too attached to my blue skins. For a week, give or take, I went back to my favorite Caucasian skin to see if I could shake what was happening. Found out I really missed my blue skin. But I also found out that my impression that 99.9% of the Second Life population is Caucasian is right.

I enjoyed my Caucasian look most of the time, but I was just one of the crowd. After hanging out in an alt account for a couple hours, a new idea occurred to me. She has one of those free Tuty’s “Lou” Chocolate skins.

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Tuty’s “Fatima” Chocolate to the rescue? A really lovely skin I once considered for my Xandah personality, before she adopted a Sub-Continent look with a different Tuty’s skin. A few hundred $Lindens later and I covered my Maitreya body. A friend saw me and said “You are looking GOOOOOD!” so I guess it works.

Then there are the “other” issues. Men who portray women in SL get flak. Women who portray men in SL get flak. Adults as children. Furries. Ponies. In Real Life I’m a pasty-white Irish girl with freckles. Can I really be Black in Second Life?

Aside from the black-skinned alt I have, there have been occasions where I’ve sported a Black skin. Modeling, events, and other needs. At no time have I told people I’m Black in Real Life nor have I implied it. But there have been times I’ve worn dreds from Boon with my brightest blue skin and people have asked “are you really a Black person?” or have commented “dreds are for Black people so you should change.”

While I don’t want to be just another white girl in the crowd when I’m out and about, I don’t want the controversy of other skins – Black, blue, red, or otherwise. Maybe I should just hang out with a full-body alpha and mesh clothes.

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2 Comments

  1. Modern dreadlocks were adopted by the elite special forces of the Ethiopian military in the 1930s when fighting Mussolini’s invasion.

    The Italians had taken to beheading Ethiopian soldiers and carting their heads around as trophies (The French did this again in the 1950s or 60s in one of their colonies).

    In response the Ethiopian special forces swore to not cut nor comb their hair until they had repelled the invansion and put Ras Tafari (Haile Selassie ) back in place in Addis Ababa. They ended up with dreads – intentionally making themselves into extremely obvious targets.

    The Rastafari in Jamaica took up the practice in solidarity.

    – That is not a ‘black’ thing. It is an Ethiopian and Rastafari thing. And even from the start, there were Rasta who were Indian, Chinese, and even White.

    That said, dreadlocks are also found among certain ‘holy men’ among Indian Hindus. I am not certain of the reasons for this – but I have confirmed it with Hindu friends.

    And historically… they appear among an assortment of cultures. You can see Dreadlocks on the “Israelites / Hebrews” depicted in ancient carvings made by Babylonians and Romans. Of course these Hebrews also are drawn with broad flat noses…

    Am told there is also an occurrence of dreadlocks among one ancient Germanic or Celtic culture – but I am very fuzzy and lacing confirmation on this.

    It is only in the last few years… since about 2012 or so… that Black Americans with no connection to Rasta started wearing dreadlocks. Though it can also be said that in the last decade, Rasta has started spreading around the Diaspora as well as among non-Africans with connections to African people.

    I’ve never met a Rasta who objected to anyone having dreads. When I’ve inquired… the reaction I’ve gotten back has been more like “everyone has to take a first step somehow towards wising up. Sooner or later that person is gonna start wondering why what’s on their head is there.”

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