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More than a spat over hair

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Minus the violence and intimidation, I stand with and applaud the EFF.


10 Sep 2020
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More than a spat over hair

A Clicks store is seen 7 September 2020 after it was vandalised on the same day supporters of the EFF demonstrated at Clicks stores around the country after the franchise aired an advert deemed demeaning to black hair. Picture: Michel Bega.

I have, over the years, watched silently as black women have had to defend their choices of hairstyles to a society undeserving of an explanation. Over the years I have gone from chemically treated hair, to the buying of wigs and weaves, ultimately settling on my (un)dreadlocked hair because of convenience and preference. I have no qualms with anyone else’s choice of hairstyle. My best friend has always worn wigs and weaves. She may take longer to get ready when we meet because of her crowning glory, but she remains a person of substance and a good friend. If we...

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