10/20/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Michelle Obama's Hair Carries Cultural Baggage

Many Americans have dismissed this hair hubbub as simply more media-driven noise -- like the chatter about Michelle Obama's sleeveless dresses, J. Crew cardigans, stocking-free legs or, for that matter, recent (shocking!) decision to wear shorts in the Arizona heat. But for African-American women like me, hair is something else altogether -- singular in its capacity to command interest and carry cultural baggage.

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