An Indigenous Australian woman has taken to TikTok to issue a caustic rebuke to Americans who don’t believe she’s black — and mistake her for being Mexican.
Aboriginal comedian Emily – who posts under the username HowDoIDelete1 – made the short video after an earlier post went viral but drew racist comments.
“This one goes out to all Americans and even the racist Aussies who still have no clue,” she says in the powerful video.
‘I’m not Mexican. Aboriginal Australians, that’s me, we identify as black. Black guys. As black guys, we also believe that it’s not the color of your skin that defines your blackness.
‘Because in the end it doesn’t matter how much milk you add to that tea, it’s still tea.’
Aboriginal comedian Emily (pictured) – who posts under the username HowDoIDelete1 – made the short video after an earlier post went viral but received racist comments
The clip has been viewed nearly 300,000 times and came after another user left an incendiary comment on a previous video Emily posted.
“It’s not because your skin is brown, you’re black,” it read. “Being Mexican and being black are two different things.”
Emily told her 67,000 followers, “I know it’s hard when videos kind of pass the algorithm and they end up on your news feeds.
“When you’re American, you just assume everyone is in America, but apparently not!
“I hope this serves as a public service announcement on my behalf until the end of time.”
The clip has been viewed nearly 300,000 times and came after another user left an incendiary comment on a previous video Emily (pictured above as a child) posted
The clip comes after Daily Mail Australia revealed yesterday how US-based Indigenous Australian singer Ashanta Eve Tolley has also fought back against racists.
She took to TikTok to reveal how she is being bombarded with questions like whether there are black people in Australia, whether she is really Australian, and whether she wears a wig.
Ashanta, who studies at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, added, “As a guy, really?”
Ms Tolley said the ignorance in America cannot be compared to the racism she experienced in her home country.
In a second video in response to a fan question, the musician explained that she “could never live in Australia again” because of the ill-treatment she received from compatriots.
“Unfortunately, I have lived in several countries – Japan, South Korea, the Middle East and the US – and have not been mistreated in any of those places except Australia,” Ms Tolley said.
“One day I had someone make monkey noises at me while I was wearing traditional clothes.
“I’ve had a teacher spit on me, I’ve been followed in shops, got dirty looks in public, mostly from older white people.”
Ashanta Eve Tolley (pictured) has revealed some of the uneducated comments she makes of Americans
After her clips sparked debate among commentators, the artist released a third video stating that education was key to reducing misinformed comments.
“Please understand that not everyone is educated and they don’t know. They have genuine questions and just want to learn,” she said.
“When they ask questions, be respectful and give them the answers. If they’re still rude after that, they have no excuse.’
Ms. Tolley, a Tjapukai woman, moved to the US at the age of 13 and competed in the Miss Global 2019 international beauty pageant in the Philippines.
She said she also got “all kinds of” dirty looks once while performing with the Aboriginal flag behind her.
“I love Australia, but I would never live there again,” she said.
Despite the comments she has received in the US, Ms Tolley said the worst racism she has experienced was in Australia