People cannot change how, when, where, and why they are born; and they certainly cannot, at least initially, change their genetic makeup (DNA) or their appearances.
Only nature, nurture, and circumstance determine these outcomes for them. Nevertheless, people ARE born with an inherent burden of choice: whether or not to do or believe this or that, whatever this or that may be. However, variables, factors, influences, etc. outside of their actual individual beings, their surroundings, may determine whether or not people exercise their inherent right to choose. Consequently, letting others choose for oneself is an actual choice, too.
One of the outside variables or influences as to whether or what an individual chooses is culture. Culture is defined as “a way of life of a group of people—the behaviors, beliefs, values, and symbols that they accept and that are passed along by communication and imitation from one generation to the next; characteristics of a particular group of people that distinguish them from another group.” There exists many culture types and variations in this world, especially today. Furthermore, different cultures may share similar practices and/or belief systems depending on their mutual influences.
In this video, the female argues that the reason the male cannot wear his hair in dreadlocks is because it is her culture. The male counters with the fact that dreadlocks originated in the Egyptian culture. The female then attempts to further her argument by asking him where Egypt is, insinuating that the answer to her question, Africa, is the location of her culture. The male then refuses to respond, and attempts to end the debate by leaving the area altogether.
While I do wish that the male had a calmer, more coherent and substantial explanation for his choosing to wear his hair in dreadlocks, I cannot argue with the simplicity of his answer to her hasty questioning. She insisted that wearing dreadlocks is her culture, in a tone that claims exclusivity to her culture alone. Beside the fact that several cultures have co-existed during any given time period throughout Africa as a whole continent, another fact remains. That is that several cultures of past and present practice wearing dreadlocks, such as: ancient Greek, Christianity, Islam, Aztec, Hindu, Buddhism, Judaism, African, Rastafari, and athletic cultures like pro American football. Each of these cultures wears dreadlocks, also called locks, as an expression of religious, spiritual, ethnic, and/or political convictions.
I could go on arguing that the practice of wearing dreadlocks belongs to no one race or culture. Instead, I beg of all people, especially this female, to be open-minded and appreciative of others, their cultures, and their creeds. Do not hastily judge someone by looking at their outward appearance. Ignorance is not bliss. Ignorance is absence of knowledge; and no matter how much you already know, there is always more to learn. Also, in observance of the male’s lack of muster, be knowledgeable enough about your own beliefs to at least be able to defend them when necessary.