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Pretoria High School for Girls Students Protest Against ‘Hair Racism’

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Pretoria High School for Girls, a former whites only institute, is facing a lot of tension coming from their African students.

The ladies have been fighting against what they consider racist policies since Friday. Simple activities like speaking in their native language has been frowned upon by administration. However, the most recent restriction that pushed the young girls to stand up was forcing them to straighten their hair.

According to student Tiisetso Phetla, part of the code of conduct prohibits afros because they are viewed as “untidy” and “inappropriate.” It states:

“All styles should be conservative, neat and in keeping with a school uniform.”

Fortunately the well-organized petition gained the respect and support of politicians, like Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

Let’s keep the #StopRacismAtPretoriaGirlsHigh going for our girls in South Africa!


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