Aboriginal social media users are in stitches this week after a whitefulla used his taste for salt and vinegar chips as proof of Aboriginality.
Aboriginality is a highly contentious issue for Indigenous people in Australia. The issue often leads to heated arguments but this week it caused severe ‘cramps’ among Indigenous social media users when the self proclaimed blackfulla used his ‘love for salt and vinegar chips’ as proof of his blackness.
He made the statement as part of his very first post which was a thank you message for being accepted into the Aboriginal Facebook group. Within 15 minutes there was no less than 200 comments from other members of the group. Many of the Indigenous members tried to use the same logic and asked if they could claim other nationalities. Some Aboriginal members even went as far as calling up the Indian consulate to see if their love for curry chicken would result in a dual citizenship arrangement. Another member did the same with the Chinese consulate for her lover for salty plums, however both were rejected.
Surprisingly statements like this are not uncommon. There are many people in Australia who are in love with Aboriginal culture and use all kinds of claims to convince people of their Aboriginality. Some of those claims include ‘a love for animals’, seeing a face in the clouds or by just having a dream.
Fortunately the process to obtain proof of Aboriginality is much harder than having a love of animals or salt and vinegar chips.
There are 3 requirements that must be met in order to obtain confirmation of Aboriginality.
- Be of Aboriginal descent
- Identify as an Aboriginal person
- Be accepted as an Aboriginal person by the community you live, or lived in previously.
And just to repeat that again, you must satisfy all 3 of those requirements. You can’t just choose one or swap another for ya salt and vinegar chips.
We would like to note there are Aboriginal people who do look white in their appearance. This piece was not aimed to offend people who do satisfy the three requirements for Aboriginality.