@Regrann from @problkthought - The British gave up their last colonies in Africa half a century ago. But they left their wigs behind.
Not just any wigs. They are the long, white horsehair locks worn by high court judges (and King George III). They are so old-fashioned, and so uncomfortable, that even British barristers have stopped wearing them.
But in former British colonies - Kenya, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Malawi and others - they live on, worn by judges and lawyers. Now, a new generation of African jurists is asking: Why are the continent's most prominent legal minds still wearing the trappings of the colonisers?
It's not just a question of aesthetics. The wigs and robes are perhaps the most glaring symbol of colonial inheritance at a time when that history is being dredged up in all sorts of ways.
Increasingly, though, opponents of the colonial outfit aren't just arguing against inconvenience but against a tradition that African judiciaries appear to be embracing. Britain's "colonial courts", which preceded independence, were sometimes brutal. In response to Kenya's Mau Mau rebellion in the 1950s, for example, the wigged, white judges sentenced more than 1,000 people to death for conspiring against colonial rule.
"The colonial system used law as an instrument of repression, and we're still maintaining this tradition without questioning it," said Arnold Tsunga, director of the Africa program at the International Commission of Jurists. "It's a disgrace to the modern courts of Africa." #PanAfricanism #BlackNationalism #BlackEmpowerment #AfricanEmpowerment #AfricanAndProud #BlackAndProud #BlackPride #BlackPower #BlackLivesMatter #Amerikkka #UnapologeticallyBlack #UnapologeticallyAfrican #BlackInAmerica #BlackIsBeautiful #KnowThySelf #KnowledgeOfSelf #KnowledgeOfSelfIsANationality #EconomicEmpowerment #IntegrationFailed #WhiteLiesMatter #Education #AfricanUnification #AfricanUnity #BlackLove #JusticeOrElse #ProBlack - #regrann