Friday, October 16, 2009

Off Topic: Chris Rock on Good Hair

Chris Rock's documentary on the African-American hair industry is released in North America this month. Black Americans spend 9 billion dollars a year on hair products, including real-hair wigs from India, and various treatments and creams. What's most interesting is his criticism of the industry which is largely NOT owned by black Americans. Hmm.

Aron Ranen's self-made documentary on the same subject is available on Youtube, and illustrates how the African-American hair industry has been largely taken over by Koreans.

In response to this, most of those interviewed by Ranen advocate boycotting Korean stores who sell hair products for blacks. One of those interviewed says that the "black dollar needs to go to black people", effectively advocating racial profiling in commerce. One young girl interviewed said that blacks are going to jail instead because nobody is convincing them to open businesses and not doing crimes. Interesting perspective.

The Koreans must be punished, it seems, for running their businesses more efficiently than African-Americans, never mind that they are delivering products more cheaply to people who insist on spending thousands of dollars on hair care. The Black Americans shown on Ranen's programme see these products as "theirs", although they are not motivated to offer them cheaper - just to attack those of another race who do so.

The documentary makes for very interesting watching.

1 Opinion(s):

Aron Ranen said...

Please take a moment to check out my documentary film BLACK HAIR

It is free at youtube. 6 parts including an update from London, England.

It explores the Korean Take-over of the Black Beauty Supply and Hair biz..

The current situation makes it hard to believe that Madame C.J. Walker once ran the whole thing.

I am not a hater, I am a motivator.

Plus I am a White guy who stumbled upon this, and felt it was so wrong I had to make a film about it.

self-funded film, made from the heart.

Can it be taken back?