There isn’t a black woman on this earth whose hair hasn’t been the curious topic of discussion for a white friend or co-worker at some point in her life. And we bet even when you tried to explain why you couldn’t touch their hair or why asking “how do you get it like that?” is a problem, they still didn’t get it.

Well thank your lucky stars for , a junior staff writer at Buzzfeed, who recently broke down what natural people actually hear when comments like these are made into pictures so simple even a 5-year-old could understand — or an ignorant non-person of color.

Enjoy!

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Pedro Fequiere / BuzzFeed

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Pedro Fequiere / BuzzFeed

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Pedro Fequiere / BuzzFeed

Pedro Fequiere / BuzzFeed

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Pedro Fequiere / BuzzFeed

Pedro Fequiere / BuzzFeed

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Pedro Fequiere / BuzzFeed

Pedro Fequiere / BuzzFeed

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Pedro Fequiere / BuzzFeed

Pedro Fequiere / BuzzFeed

Image Credits: Pedro Fequiere / BuzzFeed

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  • PrimmestPlum

    This is essentially what they’re saying, when they’re asking these questions, unfortunately.

  • binks

    Basically! It is one thing to be curious but some people do cross the lines with their comments whether they realize it or not.

  • disq141synergy

    Boundaries are important and if someone asks if they can touch your hair and you say no that should be the end of the asking. I imagine some who do don’t mean any disrespect, they don’t get that it’s annoying and might actually think it’s a way of reaching out. (I know, reach out somewhere else). :)