Struggle to normalise black hair is a race that’s not yet run

Struggle to normalise black hair is a race that’s not yet run
Emma Dabiri tackles politics and racism through her own experiences growing up in Dublin and the treatment of black people’s hair through history

Emma Dabiri’s experiences with having hair that 'has been disappointing people since my birth' infuse Don’t Touch My Hair with a cold fury that enlivens her well-researched text and well-argued discourse

MEMOIR: Don’t Touch My Hair; By Emma Dabiri; Penguin, €21

You can probably imagine what life was like for Emma Dabiri, a mixed-race child growing up in Dublin in the 1980s and 1990s. While much has changed, this is still a country where a taxi driver might blithely try to engage you in deeply racist conversation, or where sportspeople of black, Asian or minority ethnic heritage endure foul abuse during matches.

Dabiri’s experiences...

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