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An Indigenous influencer has hit back at internet trolls accusing her of pretending to be Aboriginal because of her light skin and blue eyes – saying ‘it doesn’t matter how much milk you put in coffee, it’s always going to be coffee’.
She responded to a comment after a user accused her of ‘thinking she’s Indigenous… but just isn’t’, saying it was unjustified and hurtful.
‘It’s not ok, I identify as an Aboriginal woman,’ she said.
Kate Maree Cooper, a 22-year-old TikTok star from central New South Wales, posted a scathing reply to people questioning her heritage on social media on Thursday morning
Kate, who has amassed nearly 370,000 followers on TikTok, said she’s a proud member of the Wirdajuri mob, Indigenous Australians from central NSW.
She regularly posts content referring to her Aboriginal roots, and says her appearance shouldn’t take away from her traditions.
‘Just because I have fairer skin, blue eyes and dye my hair blonde, doesn’t take away that I’m Aboriginal,’ she said.
The 22-year-old’s followers rallied around her, saying she’d handled the trolling with respect.
Kate, who has amassed nearly 370,000 followers on TikTok, said she’s a proud member of the Wirdajuri mob, Indigenous Australians from central NSW
She hit back at internet trolls acussing her of pretending to be Aboriginal because of her light skin and blue eyes
‘You gave the most amazing respectful response!’ one girl commented.
‘The government tried to breed out by telling fair skin/blue eyed aboriginal people they’re not aboriginal is exactly the point of white Australia,’ another TikTok user replied.
Kate replied to the comment ‘FACTS’ before sharing other comments in her proceeding videos.
‘I love how you showcase your culture and I’m sorry you have to make these videos,’ another women responded.