End Alleged Racist Hair Policies in Schools

Target: Angie Motshekga, South African Minister of Basic Education

Goal: Demand that all schools in South Africa abolish alleged racist hair policies and provide equal treatment to black students.

Several South African high schools have been accused of utilizing racist hair policies in their uniform requirements. Students are reportedly told that they cannot wear afros because they are ‘exotic.’ Demand that all South African schools reevaluate their uniform policy and their general treatment of black students.

It all started with a protest. Thirteen-year-old Zulaikha Patel and her classmates marched against Pretoria Girls’ High School. They demanded that the school stop accusing girls who wear afros of being ‘unnatural’ and allow afros as part of the dress code. This sparked protests in other parts of South Africa, where similar policies were in place.

Some of the schools in question have agreed to review their uniform policy, while others have not commented on the issue. Sign below and demand that all South African schools reevaluate not only their uniform policy, but also their general treatment of black students.


Dear Motshekga,

Thirteen-year-old Zulaikha Patel and her classmates marched against Pretoria Girls’ High School, demanding that their school uniform include afros. This protest inspired black students across the county to take a stand against racism. We demand a strict enforcement of equal treatment in schools.

Recent protests have ignited a nationwide discussion of racism in South African schools. Some have accused the schools of not allowing black students to speak their native languages. Others claim that black students are taught that their bodies are ‘dirty’ and ‘untidy.’

Students should never be shamed for their bodies, not because of the color of their skin nor their chosen hairstyle. We demand that you reevaluate school policies and ensure that black students are receiving equal treatment in every way.


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