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My intuition is similar

I will assume that any white person with dreads is racist until it's very clear that they are not
Like, maybe if they have a long and substantial history of antiracist organising and are in meaningful solidarity with PoC groups

A pretty cool book that deals a lot with whiteness's inherent relation to appropriation is Psychedelic White: Goa Trance and the Viscosity of Race
It'll really complicate this question and help people to think more substantially about it

there are 'white' groups that have historically had dreads, for example, the ancient spartans
I put 'white' in inverted commas here mostly because whiteness did not exist then
And so if someone somehow had knowledge of those roots, then they'd possibly be exempt from this, assuming the dreads were dreads in relation to that heritage

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Dumai wrote

And so if someone somehow had knowledge of those roots, then they'd possibly be exempt from this, assuming the dreads were dreads in relation to that heritage

that more often seems to be a post-hoc justification than anything else - and even if not they have to be aware of what they're contributing to even unintentionally

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