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THIS 13 YEAR OLD IS STANDING UP FOR HER NATURAL HAIR & MAKING CHANGE LIKE NEVER BEFORE

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Black girl magic truly comes in all shapes, sizes and ages. 13-year-old Zulaikha Patel is currently basking in hers as she’s making efforts to stand up for herself and her fellow natural hair wearing young ladies at her school, Pretoria Girls’ High School in South Africa.
Patel, amongst other younger women in her school, were harassed about rocking their natural tresses and are now, for lack of better words, FED UP. “The issue of my hair has been a thing that’s followed me my entire life, even in Primary I was told my hair is not natural, it’s exotic, my Afro was not wanted or anything like that and then the issue followed me to High School” Patel told CNN. The young teen has taken a courageous stand and is certainly not backing down. Having adorned her afro since birth, Zulaikha is being punished for simply being herself and because of this, this young lady is protesting her freedom to do so. Leading protests against the schools “discriminatory hair policy” shows Patel’s resilience and fearlessness, especially with South Africa’s long history of racial tension. Even when threatened with arrest, she remains strong in her beliefs.
What kind of world do we live in, when we tell our babies it isn’t okay to be themselves? Nonetheless, we are rooting for you Zulaikha Patel and cannot wait to see what’s next for you!

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Written Source: Saint Heron
Photo Source: Google Image Search: Zulaikha Patel
Website Link: http://saintheron.com/news/this-13-year-old-is-standing-up-for-her-natural-hair-making-change-like-never-before/
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