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Sometimes it would be good if hairstyles were copyrighted. Then, in case of doubt, you could ask the person who holds the rights to a certain hairstyle whether it is okay to wear it in this or that context or not - that would be the end of the matter. But hairstyles cannot be protected, especially not if they are assigned to an ethnic group. So it comes to Zoff.

When the fashion designer Marc Jacobs sent his models with brightly colored dreadlocks down the catwalk at Fashion Week in New York in September, the African American community protested. Understandable, because the models at the show were almost all white.

Also in September, an Alabama appeals court ruled that wearing dreadlocks in the workplace could be a cause of dismissal. In other words: Blacks in the USA have to cut off their dreadlocks in order to be able to earn money, while Marc Jacobs adorns white models with dreadlocks in a luxurious celebration of exoticism.

Such discussions, which revolve around racism, structural disadvantage and cultural appropriation, have long been a US business. What is new is that they are also available in Germany. Like in December in Berlin. The lifestyle magazine loaded In the in cooperation with the Berlin activist group White Guilt Clean Up (roughly: anti-racist service for whites plagued by feelings of guilt) for a panel discussion in Kreuzberg. It should be about African hair tradition in Germany.

The evening was preceded by a hair braiding party held by In the-Magazine had only been announced and then canceled again after protests. Her should be a white hairstylist In the- Readers weave cornrows, bantu knots and Dutch braids - those African hairstyles in which the hair is artfully arranged in braids in various ways, knotted or twisted into compact rolls.

First came the female boxers, then the Kardashian clan. And now the Berlin women

The discussion, conducted in English, was practically the follow-up to the canceled event. It did not stop at the conclusion that this would only have been okay if the booked hairstylist had been black. No, the consensus among the Berlin-based activists, some of whom were Afro-American, on the podium was: It is fundamentally racist when whites wear African hairstyles.

The demand: Whites have to stop doing it, and if you meet a white man with such a hairstyle, then you should confront him - or she -. The 150 or so people in the audience, equally black and white, Germans and expats, had no concerns; the discussion was absolutely imperative for them.

So the next time you run into singer Jennifer Rostock on the street, you know what to do: tell her to the face that her blonde Dutch braids are racist! Dutch braids are those braids that are braided along the middle parting from front to back on the scalp and are often reinforced with artificial hair. Boxers like to wear this hairstyle, most recently it was popularized by women from the Kardashian clan. Jennifer Rostock wears the hairstyle in her "Hengstin" video, which has been clicked 3.7 million times on YouTube.

However, the discussion with Rostock, whose real name is Jennifer Weist, is likely to get hairy - when she claims that she had the hairstyle done at Cocoon, the Berlin afrohair institution that runs three shops in Schöneberg and Mitte and theirs Managing director Melion Abraha comes from Eritrea. It couldn't be more authentic. Wouldn't they have said Jennifer Weist there if it were racist that she wanted a hairstyle like that?