Female Students In South Africa Staged A Protest Against Racist Hair Rules


August 31, 2016
Female students at one of South Africa’s leading multinational schools, Pretoria Girls High, have staged a huge protest against its code of conduct which has been described as racist towards its African students.

According to the protesters, students who have contemporary African hair texture are forced to arrange their hair differently and are often asked to straighten their hair to make it look ‘tidy’.

The school which was open to white people only during the Apartheid has also banned students from speaking African languages within the school premises.

This is shocking considering the fact that South Africa has 11 official languages which include some languages.

The protest has also sparked interesting conversations on the internet.

Non-Africans need to understand that Afro hair isn’t untidy!

Because the hair rule obviously doesn’t apply to the white students in the school.

Unfortunately, this protest hasn’t even highlighted half of the racism currently going on in South Africa.

Adults from everywhere are showing their support for the young protesters.

It’s unfortunate that young girls have to start fighting for basic rights at a young age.

Discrimination against a certain type of hair and look has to stop.

We’re still wondering how and why people are so bothered by black girls’ hair in 2016.

What do you think of this hair ban? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

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