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MEET ODINAKA ADUAKA: THE VOICE BEHIND TWITTER’S @NIGGERFISHING SAYS SHE WILL NOT STOP

By The Press

We’re all very much aware of catfishing and the extent people will go to when it comes to pretending to be someone they’re not.

Well apparently, the new trend on #BlackTwitter is “#niggerfishing.”

The Press spoke to Odinaka Aduaka, the voice behind the now-deleted twitter account @niggerfished, a page she created to not only call out white women that mock the black women culture, but to start a conversation on cultural appropriation.

“Cultural appropriation is when you – as someone that of course isn’t someone of that cultural background – goes to the extent to mock or mimic something you’re not,” said Odinaka, who goes by the name Odi. “A lot of women do it out of ignorance. Some may not intend on being offensive and then there’s others that clearly are being offensive. You see it all the time in the media when they’re mocking black women as this ghetto stereotype and Hispanic women as this very loud and rude stereotype. It’s appropriation, not appreciation because we don’t appreciate how we’re being showcased, especially when that’s not truly the culture.”

Odi said there’s more to being black than just a persona.

“It’s more than our skin tone, it’s more than our hairstyle, it’s more than our personalities and how we see ourselves,” said Odi. “We walk around every day with our own personal struggles and people are profiting just off of our look, not of the actual culture.

“PEOPLE LOVE THE BLACK APPEARANCE, BUT NO ONE ACTUALLY WANTS TO LIVE A BLACK LIFE.”

 

Although Odi created the account, she said the hashtag “niggerfishing” had already existed.

“It was already a thing so I created an account using the name and made it an even bigger thing because it’s important that we’re having this conversation,” said Odi. “Being black is not a trend, it’s a lifestyle.”

Odi said she chose to use the word “nigger” because of the controversy behind it. She said she knew it would draw more traffic rather than just using the word “black.”

“Black fishing could mean anything,” said Odi.

Just a couple of days after creating the account and gaining thousands of followers, @niggerfished was suspended, which Odi said she feels partly happened because of how offensive some may feel the username is.

“I specifically said in my first post, ‘It’s okay if you don’t find it comfortable, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea when it comes to humor,’” said Odi, referring to the username. “Twitter’s rules are very selective. A week or two ago, I saw an account where someone had made a threat, but yet Twitter is suspending accounts that have reason. We’re exposing people for culturally appropriating but there’s accounts spearing terrorist attacks and that’s acceptable?”

Since the account was shut down, Odi has attempted to make new ones. Although they continue to get suspended, she said she will not stop.

“I knew this was going to happen,” she said. “I don’t want this to be something that people forget about. As a black woman, I have dominant features like big lips, big hips and a big bust and those features, I’ve had as a kid. I was made fun of and now that it’s a thing, I’m like how long is this going to be a trend?”

Odi said she feels that social media has played an instrumental role in creating this “black trend.”

The Press asked Odi if Rachel Dolezal, the white woman that made headlines back in 2015 after posing black for a number of years, had anything to do with this cultural appropriation trend.

“Yes,” she said. “She’s still profiting off of what she’s done by claiming this trans-black, trans-race word. It’s making other white women think that it’s acceptable to be trans-race but it’s not a thing. It’s ridiculous and offensive, especially to us black people that actually have to deal with real problems based on our race.”

Odi said she’s determined to keep the conversation going, whether it be by continuing to create Twitter accounts or by making a YouTube channel solely for white women posing as black women.

She said although she is targeting those that are believed to be culturally appropriating, she does not feel that she is bullying them.

“My intent is not to bully anyone. I never called the girls ugly or came for their appearance. I’m not trying to make anyone feel bad about themselves. This is just not who they are and I’m exposing the truth. Don’t be shocked that I’m calling you out for what you’re doing. This shouldn’t be taken personal. I don’t know these girls. I’m just exposing them for what they’re portraying themselves as.”

“I hope that this becomes a topic we’re still talking about,” said Odi. “I hope the conversation doesn’t end from here.”