It’s not a hairstyle, it’s a lifestyle.
Whether there are 8 or 800 -- with bright double-ball elastic holders tight at the top and butterfly barrettes bouncing at the bottom or with cobalt blue yarn woven throughout -- braids are, and always will be, a definitive symbol of black girl culture.
I would like to think I'm black. And at first glance, it's apparent I am. My skin and hair say so. And if anything, I've got a birth certificate that solidifies my heritage. I would like to think I'm black. But sometimes, I'm not sure if others of my race agree.
By choosing to falsely "go natural," you insult the women who are expected to wear a freshly-relaxed bob in order to keep their jobs. You've clearly never had your 3-year-old cut her hair off and say she wants "flat hair."