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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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