12-Year-Old White Girl Gets Blasted Online For Box Braids

| by Dominic Kelly
Mallory Merk.Mallory Merk.

A 12-year-old white girl faced intense scrutiny after posting photos of herself online with a new hairdo that some say should only be for black people.

According to B. Scott, Mallory Merk posted selfies of her box braids online to show them off to her friends, but unexpectedly faced a barrage of negative comments.

"The point we are trying to make is that its offensive all we have is our culture nd whether u knew it or not u took what's supp (sic)," Twitter user CaramelCreamQueen wrote.

"Yes, something as 'trivial' as a hairstyle can be triggering or upsetting," Jamilah Lemieux tweeted. "Let us have it. This goes to everyone, btw. It's feeling like psychological torture, esp against the backdrop of state-sanctioned murder and the #BlackLiveMatters movement. …our bodies, our music, our fashion, our lips, our hair…everything about us is ripe for the picking by people WHO DO NOT TREAT US WELL. This is not happy cultural mixing where you bring the blonde and I bring the braids, because you hate me and tell me as much all the time."

Still, others defended the young girl's hairstyle.

"Black women saying white women can't get braids while they're running around with blonde hair," a user pointed out.

Do you think Merk's hairstyle was offensive?

Sources: B. Scott, Fameolous / Photo Source: Mallory Merk via B. Scott