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Black Hair, Sharp Scissors And The Totality Of White Power In...

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AFRICANGLOBE - The totality of white power, for its reproduction, requires a range of institutions and underlying value systems. Schools are but one part of this. Appreciating this is important. The pencil test may no longer be in the statute books, but is now a ‘swimming cap’ test written into codes of conduct in schools that often act with racist impunity. It took the acts of a few brave young Black women, to remind us of what many of us have always known.

White Supremacy In South Africa, And The African Girls Who Are...

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AFRICANGLOBE - There’s been an outpouring of support for the Black girls at Pretoria Girls High School, but there’s also been bafflement and more discrimination. It’s just a school policy to straighten their hair, some have argued, but it’s more than that: it is the protection of white standards at the expense of Black identity. Enter Pretoria Girls High School, where many South Africans have directed their outrage. Teachers at the school have insisted Black girls straighten their hair, and they have humiliated and shamed students who have had the audacity to attend classes with afros, dreadlocks, or any other form of their natural hair.

South African School Forces Black Girls To Straighten Their Hair And...

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AFRICANGLOBE - Pretoria Girls High School is facing a furious backlash after instructing Black school pupils to straighten their hair. Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi had received complaints about the hair policy‚ allegations that pupils in groups of two or more were being stopped and asked questions – after an earlier protest by pupils – and was told that teachers prevented pupils from speaking African languages. “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.
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