Screenshot via Twitter

By Erickka Sy Savané

White women, or white folks in general, feeling the need to touch black women’s hair is nothing new. Seeing them get busted right in the act is. Thanks to this guy who took this now viral video at a restaurant in Atlanta, and posted it to twitter, everyone gets to see how it goes down in all its white-privileged creepiness…


Thankfully, this has never happened to me. And if it does, I can’t say how I’d react. This white lady was lucky she had someone who kept her composure. According to Dustin who took the video footage the black woman said, “I’m being very friendly today, but please don’t touch my hair.” I mean, just imagine innocently standing in a line about to get your grub when you suddenly feel strange hands fondling your hair. As a reflex someone could get karate-chopped. Oscar-winning director Ava DuVernay tweeted:

“I’ve experienced this. This sister is a saint. I’d recommend others don’t try it with the rest of us.”

Countless black women shared their frustration via twitter and even some woke white folks chimed in on this “petting” phenomenon.  

 Has this ever happened to you?
Erickka Sy Savané is managing editor of, a wife, mom, and freelance writer based in Jersey, City, NJ. Her work has appeared in,,, and more. When she’s not writing…wait, she’s always writing! Follow her on Twitter, Instagram or