Sally-Anne, 21 years old, go by she/her pronouns, living in Melbourne and trying to get my shit together. I like art, craft, political thought, my housemates and all sorts of stuff.
In addition to my last message, it’s quite obvious that our white counterparts, or their white forefathers have tried to divide our people into different categories of “colour” or define how Aboriginal we are due to colour (re- half castes, quarter castes etc) so how can you justify calling our brothers and sisters “PoC”? It is an American term so maybe us Australian Aboriginals should keep it that way my brother/sister :)
I understand what you’re saying and your opinion is completely valid, however it’s ultimately up to the individual. Certain Aboriginal peoples may identify as a PoC because of a range of factors such as their life experiences, how they’ve been raised, where they grew up etc. We can’t be ignoring these expieriences.
But I think you’re missing the point in that it is not meant to be a term that only black and brown skinned people can use because they are obviously non white skinned. Being Aboriginal is definitely not about skin color, it never has been. Many Aboriginal peoples identify as “Black” even if they as light skinned/mixed/white passing and these folks have always been accepted in our communities because identity is extremely important to us. We have had our cultures and languages destroyed but we are reclaiming them and taking back our identity as sovereign peoples. Because despite the Stolen Generations and the genocide committed upon these lands, we are still here and skin color is not a defining factor in one’s Aboriginality.
In short, I won’t be telling Indigenous folks that they cannot identify as a PoC. That’s not my call to make. No one should be making that call. We aren’t white, and the term absolutely includes light skinned, white passing and mixed peoples. And should Aboriginal peoples choose to identify as a PoC, that is fine. :)
I never knew about this! This is actually a really cool term to use and it’s inclusive of both Indigeneity and non-whiteness. Thanks for sending this in.