Schoolgirls in South Africa protest racist hair policies
The school's policy calls for "neat" and forbids "eccentric" hairstyles.
Students also say they're banned from speaking their native languages.
School rules forbid us from speaking our home languages during school hours. 'No foreign languages' it read. #StopRacismAtPretoriaGirlsHigh— Yelwa (@_Yelwa) August 28, 2016
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Lesufi visited the school Monday, greeted by students and parents.
Images of the girls and their bravery circulated on Twitter.
Their classmates even supported the protest.
Police were dispatched to the scene, although a large majority of demonstrators were minors.
On Friday, a teacher was filmed as she tried to snatch a phone from a student.
The conversation grew on Twitter as black women worldwide shared similar experiences and supported the girls' movement.
Prime example of why it's never "just hair." #StopRacismAtPretoriaGirlsHigh— Lé Cocoapuff (@RespectTheAfro_) August 29, 2016
Wow I'm in tears at this #stopracismatpretoriagirlshigh— Vintage Honey (@thesoulasylum) August 29, 2016
Why must we be told by white people how we should wear our natural hair IN OUR COUNTRY??? OUR LAND😐 #StopRacismAtPretoriaGirlsHigh— 🍕PizzaSlice™ (@TygressAndy) August 29, 2016
The fact that they had to protest for what they were born with is MY PROBLEM. Why were they forced to change?#StopRacismAtPretoriaGirlsHigh— ManqobaCNtshingila©® (@chiefntshingila) August 29, 2016
They were threatened with disciplinary action if they protested at the school. So proud they did it anyway #StopRacismAtPretoriaGirlsHigh— Pontsho Pilane (@pontsho_pilane) August 29, 2016