A woman who spoke out after a Tinder user told her to bleach her skin has revealed that she’s now had death threats as a result of her actions.
Takara Allen published the racist message to her Facebook page last week and received overwhelming support from social media users, reports The Mirror.
The 22-year-old from Adelaide said she was ‘devastated’ by the post and hit back with a lengthy post about why it’s not appropriate.
The original message, which says it came from a man called ‘Nikolas’ read:
The make up artist also revealed she’s had to deal with these comments all her life:
I’ve grown up hearing: “You’d be prettier if you were lighter,” and “You’re pretty for a black girl,” as if black women are just generally unattractive.
I’ve been hearing this crap ever since I moved to Australia and I can guarantee you that women who are even darker than I am hear it even more.
If you have to say ‘not trying to be offensive/racist/mean’ before you say something, DON’T SAY IT.
Although the vast majority of people have been supportive, Takara revealed that she has also been receiving both racist messages and even death threats.
However, she says she doesn’t regret speaking out in the slightest:
I hope at the very least I have helped at least a few other people gain the confidence to stand up for themselves.
2.2k of you have joined me in the past day and I’m guessing most of you found me through the different articles that were written. I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who’s been supporting me! 😊 It can be very nerve wracking and intimidating to speak up about certain things and to take a stand against racism. I’ve still been receiving quite a large amount or racist messages, death threats (you know who you are), and the typical “you’re not even black” messages which I’m unfortunately used to, but all of your love and support outweighs it all. I feel like I’ve done the right thing standing up for myself and I hope at the very least I have helped at least a few other people gain the confidence to stand up for themselves. I don’t know the majority of you, but I appreciate every single one of 💕
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She definitely has, although it’s fucking unbelievable that in 2016 some people still insist on judging people on the colour of their skin.