A lot of times, making our hair look like something that it was never intended is what causes our hair to fall out or recede as a people all together. For the men, over platting or breding or blow drying to get a bush, or adding chemicals to get jerry curls or waves could cause this. For women using the straight comb, adding chemicals, etc...<quoted text>
The speed may be a myth also because even among Blacks, the speed varies. I don't think anyone can really say one race or shade has faster or slower hair growth, many factors play a role. What's MORE important is preventing hair from fallin' out or receding for men.
I guess the main reason I made this post was to indicated how unique it really is for a black man to be able to grew a natural the way The Jacksons did, and especially the way Foster Silver and his brothers did. That's a style white men can't grow or even most black men when you take a deep look at it. It takes a certain genetics for your hair to get it to grow long like that and at the same time, have it stand straight like a bush or sometimes a wavy bush, without doing things extra to your hair, which could damage it. I'm almost positive most of the black men who have this capability probably have some Indian, Arab, or East African trait in their hair. The big bush would have been a suitable style for them when it was out, while a plain Richard Rountree style afro would have been be a suitable style for the average brother...and sometimes it was a pain maintaining that too.
But still, personally I don't think a brother need to have his hair growing all out like that just because he can. I think longer hair looks better on a woman. The same goes for white people. A white man don't need to have his hair going down his shoulders like his woman. That would began to look a little unmanly too.