Black South African Girls Protest School’s Racist Hair Policies

Students at Pretoria High School in South Africa are protesting because staff members have told them to not wear Afros and to straighten their hair. A Buzzfeed report also claims that students are told not to speak other languages, and when groups of girls would congregate together, they’d be ordered to disperse.

“Girls attending the school have been forced to straighten their hair; are accused of conspiring when standing in groups, and face other intolerable comments and actions.”

-Petition

The protests have since gone viral through the hashtag #StopRacismAtPretoriaGirlsHigh.

Since the protests, the school has temporarily banned the rules until an independent investigation has taken place.

“This is about our identity as black people. We’re tired of being told to be less than what we are so we can fit in.”

-Protestor

The petition that has been created to end racism at the school has over 25,000 signatures, click here to sign the petition.

Via BBC  and The Root