Ana Defillo
September 01, 2016 8:38 am
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Students at Pretoria Girls High School in Pretoria, South Africa, have been protesting their school’s new code of conduct that has racist undertones.

One of the policies in the alarmingly restrictive new code outlines how students should do their hair. Many of the black students viewed this restriction as an attack on their cultural identity. According to BBC, girls with afros have been told to straighten their hair because it looks “untidy.”

“This is about our identity as black people. We’re tired of being told to be less than what we are so we can fit in,” a protester told BBC.

A hashtag campaign #StopRacismAtPretoriaGirlsHigh was started and showcases the incredible young girls fighting for racial justice in their school.

Another policy tells students to not speak their native languages while at school. The Arts and Culture Minister, Nathi Mthethwa,  disagrees with the new code and tweeted in support of the protestors.

People on Twitter are also using the hashtag to show solidarity with the courageous young girls.

The petition created to stop racism at Pretoria Girl High has almost reached its goal of 30,000 signatures in just three days. That is not surprising considering the bravery and fortitude of these young girls in their quest for justice.

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