Marc Jacob’s dreadlock-studded NY runway sparks controversy — are we too sensitive about race?

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NEW YORK — Are we too sensitive about race?

"I do think we’re too sensitive. Everybody’s afraid to say anything without hurting someone else’s feelings- which I understand, but we now can’t say anything," said one woman, who didn't want to give her name.

Now, we’re not talking about blatant idiocy like the Kansas State students who took a beauty, mud-masked selfie and then captioned it with the N-word.  We’re talking about seemingly innocuous things that throw some people into an uproar. Take for instance fashion designer Marc Jacobs’s models decked out in dreadlocks Thursday on the runway.

The Twitter-sphere lit up with comments about “appropriation” and “exploitation." NewsFiX decided to hit the streets and find out what people thought about the whole thing.

“Whether you’re white, black, or Hispanic — whatever you like — you should be able to express it. It’s not meant for one race” John Sparks aid.

Holly DiClaudio said dreads are for anyone who wants to wear them.

"We should be Twittering about much more important issues than that,” DiClaudio said.

Then we ran into Kayla McAfee who clued us in on the "dreaded" controversy. “The term dreadlocks- dreads are not just a hairstyle. Locks are a religious process that most Rastafarians go through the process of cleansing oneself.

“I wouldn’t think it’s offensive. I guess we’re being a little too sensitive” Ali Oktay said.

"They’re important. They’re symbolic. It’s not just for fun. It’s not just a fad for someone to toss on the heads of models," McAfee said.

Her sister Monique adds, “The designer just might not have known all the steps that were taken when someone does get dreads. Now he knows!”

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