I was just browsing through the #naidoc tag on Instagram when I found this racist mess…
By doing this, you are not celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures by playing dress-ups and painting yourself “Dream style”. Our traditional dress, cultural objects and the symbols we paint on ourselves when we practice our cultures and engage in our ceremonies are not for you to steal and use in your racist portrayal of us.
Furthermore, you are homogenising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and our many cultures. We are not interchangeable.
Lastly, you certainly aren’t celebrating us by doing a full-blown blackface. You are a racist if you do this and you perpetuate anti-Blackness whilst you’re at it.
You’ve turned us into a costume, something to be mocked and imitated. It will not be tolerated.