Social media exploded on Sunday when videos and photographs of students who had organised a silent march around the school to protest against rules and regulations on the hair of black students. According to thedailyvox.co.za marchers stated that in prior weeks, other incidents involving black girls’ hair and allegedly racist and inappropriate comments by teachers created an increasing frustration among the students.
The scholars say that the rules in place at the school don’t allow them to have bantu knots, braids and dreadlocks. Celebrities have come out in numbers to support the campaign, check them out below.
I usually wear weaves for work purposes but that's what my hair looks like underneath the weave, I'm not against those who use relaxers cause I used relaxers for most of my life too, (Each to their own) I stopped and started embracing my NATURAL ethnic hair, i won't lie, it's a lot more admin than straight hair but it's the way OUR hair grows,so I can't imagine being told to straighten your hair for the sake of being "neat" Its sad that we have to fight to be ourselves but it makes me happy that we refuse to compromise who we are to accommodate western preferences. Can we be BLACK in peace #stopracismAtPretoriaGirlsHigh A photo posted by Omuhle Makaziwe Gela ? (@omuhlegela) on
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The struggle continues. ?? #stopracism #ISeeYou #IAmYou A photo posted by Lekholokoe Rose (@pabimoloi) on
Racism is a distraction. It is designed to distract you from reaching the epitome of your greatness. They tell you you aren't light enough, so you spend your whole life bleaching your skin afraid of the sun to prove that you can be light. Then they tell you your beautiful halo hair that defies gravity isn't straight enough, so you spend your entire life frying your hair with relaxer to prove that your hair can also be straight. And in all that time you spent proving this, you were distracted from your true potential. Your true potential of being beautiful and amazing. I fought this very same battle in high school when I chopped off my long relaxed hair and afro'd my hair to grow dreadlocks. I am so happy to know that there are girls woke enough to stand up for their true aesthetic. Girls who are saying we are unapologetically black and you WILL be okay with it, because there is nowhere else to be black than RIGHT HERE in AFRICA!! Where we BELONG!! #ptagirlshighschool #inspiredtobeblack A photo posted by Samkelo Samu/Samurai Ndlovu (@samkelondlovu) on
#StopRacismPretoriaGirlsHigh #blackgirlmagic Dear White People, Why do you fail to comprehend that my hair grows out and NOT down? Is it so hard to understand that you cannot continue to define me according to your standards of what is "beautiful", "tidy" and/or "acceptable"? I am a black women, a black girl child, born of the soil of this great land. My chocolate skin, my tightly coiled locks of love, my loud expressive voice, my curvaceous body form a beauty like no other. I am magic personified; Black girl magic. ?? A photo posted by Bridget Masinga (@bridgetmasinga) on
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Crying tears ?, when our own have to fight for their identity at this age. This picture ??, whoever is raising this young girl is raising a LEGEND ?? A photo posted by I ?? Music (@zakesbantwini) on
They have taken away enough from us! No more! I remember my primary school had the exact same rules, we didnt have the courage to stand up for ourselves and neither did our parents. It's 2016 the strugles cannot still be the same! Another example of #takebackyourpower #riseblackchildrise #StopRacismAtPretoriaGirlsHigh
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Rise beautiful African Queen Rise! May you continue to pride yourself of your beautiful natural hair! Your crown! You are a Queen! God made you beautiful and they cannot handle your beauty. #NaturalHairMovement #AfricanQueen ??? #StopRacismAtPretoriaGirlsHighSchool A photo posted by nandi_madida (@nandi_madida) on
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