South African Teens Defeat Anti-Afro Policies
From hair on in, change is coming. Pretoria High School for Girls only integrated in 1994, at the end of apartheid, and it showed: Students turned out last weekend to protest pressure from school officials to chemically straighten their hair and stop speaking native African languages. “Where can we be Black if we can’t be Black in Africa?” asked alumna Tiisetso Phetla, who said she was forced to change her “untidy” natural hair. Now the Department of Education has suspended hair-related rules and ordered an investigation into the school.