As some may have seen on the news or social media, Pretoria High School is an all girls school in South Africa that has been in the hot seat for not allowing fros or natural hair. Look at this statement copied and pasted verbatim from their website:
The school was founded in the earnest hope that here girls of different races and different denominations might meet in that commonwealth of letters which gave Erasmus and Shakespeare to the world. – Edith Aitken.
Interesting isn’t it? So as you can imagine, we now have protesters made of high school girls wanting to wear their natural hair without having to straighten or conform to their standard of “acceptable” hair.
Here’s also a screenshot from their code of conduct where it talks about their general appearance:
Although natural afros or natural hair textures isn’t exactly mentioned, there is definitely a strict policy on hair. One interesting thing I noticed about the code of conduct is that the first paragraph seems to address the white students and the third paragraph seems to address the black students. Black girls seem to be limited to boring braids/cornrows, skinny dreads, or straight hair since hair must be brushed, kept in a TIGHT bun, or ponytail not visible from the front.
Several students have been told to straighten their hair, that they look like monkeys, or that their hair looks like nests. This is strictly racism and ignorance. Pretoria Girls High was and is predominately a white institution.
It truly saddens me as a person who is natural and wears their hair around the workplace and school proudly, that there are young girls out there who are being ridiculed for doing the same thing.
Also, if you feel that you are being attacked about your appearance, please protest and raise awareness! Get people to know about the issue and you’d be surprised at how quickly things can get resolved.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO TAKE ACTION, PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION DOWN BELOW TO STOP THE RACISM: