But in 1971, his look was reminiscent of this passage in Tom Wolfe’s 1970 book Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers:
That was certainly the way the message came down to the youth of the Third World in areas like the Mission, Chinatown, and Japan Town. Mau-mauing was the ticket. The confrontation route was the only road. So the Chinese, the Japanese, the Chicanos, the Indians picked up on mau-mauing from the bloods. Not only that, they would try to do it exactly like the bloods, try to wear naturals like the bloods, even if their hair was too straight to do it. There were Spanish and Oriental dudes who washed their hair every day with Borax to make it fluff up and sit out.I don’t know whether Wolfe was referring to American Indians or Asian Indians like Huma’s parents.
Huma’s dad wound up looking like Haji from Jonny Quest dressing up for Halloween as H. Rap Brown. [Comment at Unz.com]