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EFF exploits bad hair day

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Black women’s hair has been exploited this week by a macho, violent, racist party seeking attention.


09 Sep 2020
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EFF exploits bad hair day

Members of the EFF protest outside the Clicks store in Mall of Africa, 7 September 2020, Midrand. The party has called for a total shutdown of all Clicks stores after a racist advert was shared on social media. Picture: Jacques Nelles

If we are open to the experience, art in any form can change the way we look at the world. For me, one such work was a column written by Nikiwe Bikitsha in 2010. Headlined “Hanging up my wig”, it described Bikitsha’s realisation of “what a liberating step I’d taken by putting my fake coif out to pasture”. “The decision to retire my wig wasn’t prompted by ideology; neither was I influenced by the ebb and flow of the never-ending debate on the politics of black hair; that is: does wearing fake hair mean you have sold out and are...

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