Pastor Says NO To Weaves In His Church

They say a woman's hair is her crown and glory. Does this apply to fake hair? A pastor in the US does not seem to think so. The pastor has taken stand against black women in his church having weaves. The Texas pastor set American blog-sphere into a frenzy for giving a fiery speech about the women with weaves in his flock. 

Pastor A.J. Aamir is reported to have lashed out and told his congregation at Resurrecting Faith Church that they shoot stop being fake.
“Our black women are getting weaves trying to be something and someone they are not. Be real with yourself is all I’m saying,” said Pastor A.J. to a christian website. 
Aamir, 39, told that he was raised in a strict household by his parents, who are members of the Islamic faith. Women in the Islamic faith usually wear their hair covered by a veil.

Aamir said he “highly disapproves” of women wearing weave in his church, where the average age of the congregation is 22.
“Long hair don’t care. What kind of mess is that? I don’t want my members so focused on what’s on their heads and not IN their heads” he told
“I lead a church where our members are struggling financially. I mean really struggling. “Yet, a 26-year-old mother in my church has a $300 weave on her head. NO. I will not be quiet about this.”
This is not the first time that someone of some stature in the American black church community has spoken out about black women prioritizing weaves over paying bills for necessities. 

World renowned civil rights leader Rev Sharpton rebuked the trend in Chris Rock's Documentary, Good Hair. 

Rev Sharpton lamented that black women literally wear their oppression on top of their head by subscribing to the notion that beauty lies in the length of a woman's hair which is indicative to a culture of self loathing among black folks. 

Just to make this clear again, both Pastor Aamir and Rev Sharpton are not against black women wearing weaves. They are against a trend of women paying for weaves instead of feeding their family. That is how I am understanding this. 

As revealed in Chris Rock's Good Hair, weaves are not cheap. The so called 'real hair' weave is reported to cost from R10000 ($1000) to as ridiculously expensive amount of R 100 000 ($10 000). 

I am all for personal choice but I am with the Pastor and Rev on this one. A woman can not go around flaunting a R100k  while her family is starving. I do however think banning all women with weaves from a church is a bit excessive. 

If she can afford it, let her buy the weave. Men buy expensive cars to boost their egos all the time. 

So is it genuine concern for the black family OR just double standards? You decide. 

1 comment:

Noku said...

I think the whole thing is excessive and smacks of patriarchy, disdain for women and their right to choose. Why can’t they address living beyond one’s means in general without going for the soft targets that women always seem to be? Yes it is not a good thing to walk around with a 100k weave when your kids are starving but it is just as bad to drive around in a flashy car while your family goes to bed hungry. Just because one does not have a weave on their head does not mean they are not overspending in other ways, they could be wearing designer labels, going for expensive anti-ageing treatments, living in a lavish home, even giving to the church borrowed money, etc. This is just another way to put women (especially black) “in their place” which appears to me to be at the very bottom of any unjust system ever created in this world!

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