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“All my skinfolk ain’t kinfolk”

In my time at Girls’ College I came to the realisation that “all my skinfolk ain’t my kinfolk” This quote by Zara Neale Hurston perfectly describes the system at my school. The quote means that not all people who share the same racial identity as me are my family. This hit me hard. For a while, I’ve been wanting to speak up about the system that is rooted in inequality at my school and I’ve been getting messages from other black people telling me not to speak up because I’m still at the school or not to speak up because I’m leaving and it is no longer my issue. What they don’t understand is it is and always will be my issue! I am a proud black girl who loves everything about herself! I personally may not have been broken down by the system but my sisters have and they may not always be able to voice out their opinions! 
Not every girl can stand strong in a system that is “soul-sucking”. As one ex Girls’ College girl pointed out if you don’t conform the system is ” overwhelmingly, and almost uniformly oppressive and stunting in a very general sense”. Us girls spend six years of our formative years at this school and these years are crucial in the development of our identity. 
For a school whose motto is “MOULDING UNIQUE GIRLS FOR THE MODERN WORLD”, they certainly do not encourage individuality and uniqueness. The school encourages a snitch system reminiscent of apartheid/colonial eras and what I consider a disingenuous “campaign game” where you are rewarded according to your level of conformity. This has led to deeply engrained fear in a majority of the girls – afraid to speak up even when given a platform to do so anonymously… This is heartbreaking. 
I stand in solidarity with all of the girls at my school affected by the racist remarks that were made at my school and attempts to erase our ethnicity and identity. I stand with those who have already spoken out and we stand for those who haven’t found the courage to speak up! 

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Go out and vote!

No one in the country is immune to the effects of our crumbling economy. Everyone is hoping for a brighter future. With the 2018 elections approaching I’ve realised we need to have an important discussion. We as the youth of Zimbabwe need to be a part of the movement that will lead to a better Zimbabwe. Many of us are suffering from voter apathy – old and young. Voter apathy by definition is lack of caring among voters in an election. 
Your vote matters. With 2018 around the corner I encourage you to go out and do research on the candidates. Let’s not suffer the Americans’ fate. Be sure that no matter the outcome, you tried your best to make a change! It is better to have an “oh well” than a “what if”. You have been given the right to vote, a right that not many people have. Use this opportunity to make the most of it. I know many of you are unwilling to vote because you’re planning to leave the country. From experience we have seen that plans don’t always work out as intended. If God forbid, your plans to leave fail, wouldn’t you much rather have the leader of your choice in charge? 
Don’t only think of yourself – think of the fate of your family, your friends and the rest of the people of Zimbabwe.

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