In our June 6 print edition of The Stranger, we published this sentence in the ICYMI column on our Fortnight page (it's a print-edition-only column, so you'll have to find the paper to read it):
At least six white people with dreadlocks were spotted at the free, outdoor Northwest Folklife Festival, committing the twin sins of cultural appropriation and fugly hair.
A reader responded:
Why the nasty comment about white folks with dreadlocks????? This country is supposed to be a melting pot of cultural crossover. Below is a picture of my Mom looking happy and sassy on dreads done by caregivers who happen to be from Africa. I love her in dreads! Defy anyone who judges them fugly and considers this style for white folks inappropriate. Bad Stranger for adopting Seattle snotty attitude!!!!
We wrote back:
I believe these are technically cornrows.
I stand corrected that Mom has cornrows but my response stands.