I really wanted the thread to be informational. I like to try to keep in mind that even though I may not understand why a person feels the way they do, or why they get upset about something I think is trivial, that their feelings are valid, and I think we would all benefit from remembering that.
I totally understand what you are saying (you can make fun of me for sounding like a white girl from California). But sometimes I think it's difficult for people to see that what they are experiencing is not because they are black, but because that's life, or there are jerks/idiots in the world, no matter what color you are.
I think I understand the hair thing, correct me if I'm wrong. It must come from some kind of 'Ohhhhh what an odd thing that is" on the part of white people. Like blacks are some unusual animal with funny hair, and they feel the need to touch it. I think Snow's approach is perfect, yea touch it, it's just hair, now you know.
Seems to me most problems come in with the fact that we don't interact with each other enough (one reason I love this place!)