By Chris Zumani Zimba
Very unfortunate to see many whites and some blacks criticizing ‘BlackFishing’, a new phenomenon where some white women especially influencers, stars and celebrities are changing their hair, skin, body and fashion to look like black women. The practice is welcome and commendable for racial equality and harmony as it will enhance black pride among many young Africans and blacks going forward. Africans and blacks must support and encourage so that the ‘BlackFishers’ feel more accepted and loved in order for them to stop denying that they endorse or believe in racial equality and human oneness.
Blacks especially women across Africa, America and world have consistently practiced ‘WhiteFishing’, changing their hair, skin, body and fashion to look like white women. Overtly, no one has criticized or condemned our black women for ‘WhiteFishing’ for all these decades. Today, we have a huge hair and fashion industry in Asia, Africa, Europe, North or South America of different hair, perfume and lotion companies that are manufacturing and selling products that are meant to help black women ‘WhiteFish’. And this is a successful miracle business as most black women in Africa and across the world, rich and poor are proud ‘WhiteFishers’ and spend a lot of money weekly and monthly to look more beautiful, nitty, civilized, European and stylish. Why should we now condemn good white women who are trying very hard to promote racial equality and harmony by BlackFishing?
In the United Unites, the 20-year-old University of Birmingham student, Aga Brzostowska has over the past month been labelled a “blackfish”. The suggestion Aga has been faking her race is news to her. She told Radio 1 Newsbeat that her skin is naturally “not pale” and she does admit to making it darker.
In Europe, Sweden’s Emma Hallberg, who has more than 260,000 Instagram followers, is the most infamous. She had to defend herself after two photos of her went viral on social media. “I do not see myself as anything else than white,” Emma told Buzzfeed. “I get a deep tan naturally from the sun.” Emma’s defence is similar to the two women accused of blackfishing spoken to by Newsbeat.
Blackfishing has been talked about a lot ever since writer Wanna Thompson’s Twitter thread – which highlighted women accused of blackfishing – went viral last month.
Dara Thurmond, a nurse from New York who’s been vocal about blackfishing, told Radio 1 Newsbeat that black people “just being ourselves” has “always been frowned upon”. She says her frustration comes when white women who appear to be posing as black don’t know “the struggle that black women go through just to be accepted as who they are”.
However, Africans in particular and blacks in general must support and commend ‘BlackFishing’ because it is good for human rights, important for racial harmony, commending for global citizen equality and pretty good victory for democratic values between them and us.
Chris Zumani Zimba is a prolific Political Scientist, Analyst, Author, Blogger, PhD Scholar, Researcher and Consultant. Besides being the CEO and Managing Consultant at Chrizzima Democracy University (CDU) in Zambia, he analyses African politics weekly on Voice of the Cape Town, South Africa every Wednesday at 16:45hours CAT. So far, he has authored more than 10 political and academic books as well as published over 100 well researched articles.