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Remember that point in time when Beyonce would shield her baby from the paparazzi with a blanket. Looking back, we now realize how important it was for her to protect her child from the harsh scrutiny of the public’s opinion.

Over the past year, Bey has been criticized for her child’s hair being ‘unkempt’ but things came to a head last week, after a petition was launched on Change.org requesting that the superstar singer take better care of her child’s hair. It read:

As a woman who understands the importance of hair care. It’s disturbing to watch a child suffering from the lack of hair moisture. The parents of Blue Ivy. Sean Carter A.K.A Jay-Z and Beyoncé has failed at numerous attempts of doing Blue Ivy Hair. This matter has escalated to the child developing matted dreads and lint balls. Please let’s get the word out to properly care for Blue Ivy hair.

Fellow singers such as Tamar Braxton, Syleena Johnson and Keke Wyatt also commented on Blue’s hair in a radio interview, which sent the Bey hive in a frenzy.

Now, India Arie has penned an open letter defending Blue Ivy while asking grown folks why they think it’s okay to attack a child:

She writes:

My thoughts on (Blue Ivy’s) Hair

Why does ANYone get the idea that its ok to make fun of a child?

In public no less?

This celebrity culture that hypnotizes people into thinking

a person is LITERALLY NOT REAL because you see them on television is a spell the watcher HIM or HER SELF MUST BREAK.

Blue Ivy — is a CHILD.

and ANYONE thinking to themselves right now:

“But she was born with a silver spoon in her mouth so what does it matter what I say”

Denying ANY PERSON their humanity , is a GAME we should ALL stop playing.

WHY?

Because it’s the kind of PERSON YOU WANT TO BE.

Why NOT be a person who is loving towards human kind as a whole AND people as individuals?

WHY NOT be a person protects the hearts of children?

I think! all these people making negative comments would feel the SAME WAY if Blue Ivy’s hair were TOO DONE. If she had a relaxer, of Hair pulled too tight at the edges.

being gentle with a child’s hair is simply appropriate – this goes the same for ALL children.

come ya’ll Lol

Were ARE better than this.

I 100 Percent agree with India! Children are off limits! Having her hair natural is NOT causing that baby any harm!

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