Teenage White Girl Receives Back Lash For Wearing Box Braids

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Sad to say but so many people are stuck in this age of ‘white girl hair’ and ‘black girl hair’. Why should race determine how you wear your hair? Nobody says anything when black women wear Brazilian hair! So what is so wrong about a white girl wearing box braids? Nothing!
12-Year-Old Mallory Merk wanted a new look for the New Year and she had no idea what she was in for. As adorable as she looked and excited as she felt, she never knew that some African Americans would attack her for wearing a style that she’d so badly desired.

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Things quickly went left after Merk posted a picture of her new flawless hairstyle to her social media sites, many people claimed to have found the style to be ‘offensive’ claiming that she was some sort of culture thief… I guess!

I am an African American woman and I am proud to say that I nor any other black woman should have the right to claim a hairstyle as OURS. Nobody makes a comment when black women walk around with platinum blond hair, knowing good and damn well that they look a mess… So are we stealing a piece of her culture?

Let bygones be bygones and move off of this little girls head and into your own business.

Mallory issued the following statement:


My thoughts to Mallory:

I think that your braids were absolutely adorable and there is no reason why you should apologize for doing something that made you happy. You are a gorgeous girl and I do think that you are way more mature than the women who have made such ignorant and ridiculous comments. I’m sorry that you had to experience such ignorance and you should be allowed to wear your hair however the hell you want!

Tell your stylist to keep up the good work boo and I definitely encourage you to get the braids again… After all you look better than most of the people I see who where them.

As for those other ladies… Braids are not an African American hairstyle, their an African hairstyle that originated from Africa. So please stop claiming things that aren’t even yours!

Thanks for reading and best of luck to you, Mallory! Sincerely,

Naturally Triece

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  1. Helen

    January 19, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    It is so stupid in this day and age to attack someone because you think that they should not be wearing their hair in a black person hairstyle. What a load of rubbish. I hope those people who attacked her do not relaxed or perm their hair. It shows hoe ignorant some members of society are. I hope her attackers are sent on a Diversity Training. How sad. They have no common sense. What a bunch of Wallys.

  2. Donna Lusciousdc Sayles-Corbin

    January 19, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    I can see both side to this.. On one hand, some feel, like always, here comes White folks taking part of our culture and claiming it. Next thing you know, just like Bo Derek, White folks think they were the first to come up with it. On the other side of that fence..People it’s only hair..

    • ShamallBeezMoooslim69

      January 23, 2015 at 3:20 am

      wiff a happy haid like dat she be turnin tricks next week. all u C00Ns can show her how it beez done.
      show her how to hit dat rock also.
      O0K O0K
      shes only missing bluegums now.
      perhaps if she wanted to be like you real m onk eys she wouldnt take a shower for 3 weeks & ride dat bus.

  3. Dwight Love

    January 19, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Donna after Bo Derek caught hell after making that movie her career was nearly ruined wearing those braids.

  4. Dwight Love

    January 19, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Donna as stated before Bo Derek caught hell because she wore that hairstyle her career was nearly ruined!!!!

  5. J. D. Hill

    January 19, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    This white girl looks beautiful in “black hair”! It’s very becoming to her!

    I hope that the black braider who did these braids gets myriads of white customers with cash in hand to pay for the black braider’s mortgage, business expenses, car, and perks and college for her children.

    The braids are very nice! Good adverstising for a brand new market!

  6. James Roseau--Danbury, CT

    January 19, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Blacks have borrowed many great fashions from Whites throughout the past centuries. So, since some ignorant Blacks are claiming that “black” inventions are strictly for the use of Blacks, should Whites start denying Blacks access to “white” inventions? My point is, as the saying goes, “Do to others as you would like done to you.” If you throw pebbles at others, please do not be surprised when they throw rocks back at you.

    • Misty

      January 23, 2015 at 1:54 pm

      We didn’t “borrow” white hair. We were forced to assimilate into wearing that style or else be considered “unprofessional” for the work place. Now I don’t think it’s a big deal that she wears it, but if black people are still getting crap for their natural hair yet white people are getting praised for wearing black natural hair styles, then yeah there is a problem.

  7. Kimberly

    January 19, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    Really?Shouldn’t we be focusing on racism,terrorist attacks…cop brutality,child abuse and giving rapist early parole?I cant believe that they are even posting a article like this!

  8. snowe

    January 19, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    To the author, Naturally Triece who said this: \As for those other ladies… Braids are not an African American hairstyle, their an African hairstyle that originated from Africa. So please stop claiming things that aren’t even yours!\ First of all, I bet you want that statement back in more ways than one. Considering the context of where we are right now, this week with MLK celebrations and the pride that we feel for the fight he took to be accepted, including pride in our natural hair, this could have been an uplifting moment moment for both, not just one. Perhaps a moment was missed when you could have also shared perhaps why we cling to parts of our history or what is native to us, as its importance has always been denied and not always appreciated in media, nor the office, etc. Next, I agree with you that the teen has a right to wear her hair any way she wants. She is as free as we want to be, but what I do not agree with is the tone with which you seem to ‘chastise,’ ‘get straight,’ and ‘deride’ those who challenged the person’s right. I can almost see your head wagging. You also told the young lady, \you look better than some (African Americans) you have seen wear braids.\ That statement is condescending to any other African American who also has a right to wear her hair the way she wants, or do or say what she feels, right or wrong. Your tone cancels out your argument you may be trying to say in this article, that all people should be treated with respect, when you disrespect African Americans with that comment. It is a comment that is well established among many black men who choose white women because of their perceived, superior beauty over African American women,in the first place. As I said, I understand that you were trying to keep peace among the races, but sometimes, we over do it; we take a hammer to fight an ant. Its just too much.

  9. jaime love

    January 20, 2015 at 12:44 am

    SMDH…Cognitive Dissonance at it’s best!

  10. marcus davis

    January 20, 2015 at 12:49 am

    I think that this is a stupid article and i think that the author is retarded.I think she should write her articles for the national enquirer or the globe and keep her silly ass brainwashed articles of of this website.

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  12. Nino

    January 20, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    @ SNOWE.. a ridiculous diatribe to cognitive dissonance on overdrive.. you write expressing your belief which is all over the place.. of which you have a right to speak.. as silly as you have.

    This girl braids are on point and that’s her right to purchase or grown braids in the fashion she has..just like black females who color their hair blond and wear blue contacts lens.. saying she has indian blood in her family..ridiculous!!! This girl isn’t trying to be anything other than who she is..with OPTIONS to enhance her appearance…no difference when black females overwhelming do this on a daily bases trying to be someone else..

  13. B Wright

    January 20, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    1st paragraph said it all… I couldn’t finish the rest! ROTFLOL! This writer doesn’t know that Brazilian is BLACK!!!! WTF are you talking about again….? PorchCoon trying hard as hell to defend her master whiteman…! GTFOH You should go back and get a better edumacation…. Black women wear Brazilian hair….!? #getapassportandflyaccrossthewater

  14. Marlene Sanchex

    January 20, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    I have read this article and every single comment with it….and I would like to make a point..
    Its “Mallory” not white girl…
    Lets not take away from the progress that this country has made…I personally dont use the term “black girl” or “white girl” cause to me it just seems wrong….I dont call people by their skin tone…. ih! One more thing…its ridiculous how all these so called “adults” are talking about a child…we are all children of the Lord…Causasian,Hispanic,African American,Chinese,Italian..etc.
    We all bleed red!

  15. godfather05

    January 21, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    This was just stupid. I see black females with blond hair often and no complaints. Stop being stupid there is no patent on who can wear a certain hair or hair style. When right wing white conservative idiots say things like this I call them out and now I am calling the same black idiots out about something as simple as a hair style. Give me a break and go vote.

  16. Vee Hx

    January 22, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    If she’s a culture thief, what does that make the thousands of Black women walking around with straight hair sewn into their head??? And the light contact lenses? I think everyone over-reacted and should lighten up. If someone admires something about our culture, let it be, and vice-versa!

  17. krysse

    January 23, 2015 at 10:36 am

    My only issues with the article was this “Braids are not an African American hairstyle, their an African hairstyle that originated from Africa. So please stop claiming things that aren’t even yours!”
    We are called “African” American for a reason, its part of who we are whether some of us want to accept it or not, don’t think I need to expound any further.
    Now with the rest of the article, I agree…I don’t know why folks came down so hard on the lil girl. There was no need for it, not with the amount of crap we have been doing to our selves to look less “ethnic”(African). I paid some of my way through college putting box braids in Caucasian , Asian and yes My own peoples hair. We sitting here being distracted by this “race war” when we aught to be paying more attention to have and have not’s in this economic war that doesn’t see race. But imam sip my tea and see what follows this post. Love, Peace and that good Ole hair grease. Be kind to one another.

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