In South Africa, Zulaikha Patel, a 13 year old, has sparked a movement at Pretoria High School for Girls. Outraged by harassment, racism, and mistreatment that she has received due to how she wears her hair, Zulaikha is taking a stand and fighting back. She, her sister Amira, and their peers have band together and are protesting the unfair treatment of Black African Women and how they’re allowed to wear their hair. Zulaikha has struggled with being bullied because of her hair for a number of years. She has had to transfer to three different schools because of bullying from peers, as well as personnel. At times, Zulaikha’s hair has landed her in detention and other times, it has landed her a seat in the front of the classroom studying the code of conduct for her school.
However, this fight isn’t only about Zulaikha… This fight is for all of the Black Girls as Pretoria High School for Girls. It’s for Black Girls all over the world who have also had to encounter this very same issue and tone down the way that they wear their hair in order to put mainstream society more at ease about having Blacks in their presence. Zulaikha is not only protesting for change at Pretoria High School for Girls, she is protesting for change throughout all of South Africa because it is racist.
Even after being threatened with arrests, our South African girls are standing firm on what they believe in. They don’t call this Black August for nothing… Lots of Black Freedom Fights have made some powerful things happen throughout the history of the month of August. We Salute Zulaikha and the rest of our young Queens calling for change in South Africa and we stand in solidarity with all of our South African family calling for change in the code of conduct within their schools.
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