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IF ONLY WIGS AND WEED COULD BE EXCHANGED FOR PAPER AND PENCILS 

The Civil Writer Magazine

Black women can spend more money in a year on beauty enhancements than a Black family can on a child's education per year i.e., books, paper, pencils, rulers, folders, field trips and tuition. This is not based on emotions, maybe just a little bit, but on facts. African American women spent $7.5 billion per year on beauty products i.e., hair, skin and nails. To top it off, they spent 80 percent more money on cosmetics and twice as much on skincare than the mainstream female market. This spending doesn't exonerate African American men and their spending habits on clothes, cars, music and weed. This statement about men doesn't reflect upon them all, but as far as African American women, the spending does reflect more upon them as if it is a culture competition among African American women.

African american women spend nearly nine times more than their non-Black counterparts

on ethnic hair and beauty products.

African American women are not profiting from these beauty industries revenues and neither are Black children profiting who are occupying these intercity dilapidated schools with old books that are not being refreshed by taxpayers money from the state governments in comparison to white neighborhoods where these beauty companies reside. There is not only a disadvantage to the scholastic and social welfare of these Black kids but a disadvantage for Black women's health for the amount of money they spend being at risk trying to be pretty and acceptable using these chemically laced cosmetic products. The amount of money these single and married Black women are spending is not coming back into the homes or local schools of their neighborhoods. Besides have you ever seen any hair, makeup, or nails corporations or retailers have a back to school night for Black children or any children living in low income neighborhoods. And let the true story be told Black women are spending their money for hair and cosmetics with the Koreans store owners and how many of them are giving back to the neighborhoods where their stores reside. But it doesn't seem to make a dent in the consciousness of some Black women buying these products who are facing their own kids at the end of a semester needing more school supplies but it can't happen because the money is spent on mom for hair, nails and cosmetics and dad on clothes, cars, music and weed.