What's It Really Like To Travel While Black?

PushBlack
September 11, 2019

Latin America

“In general I’ve always been treated well throughout Central and South America. I never feel like a second class citizen… I think it is safer to be a [B]lack man in Central and South America than it is to be a [B]lack man in the United States.” - Joel Duncan

Asia

“I’ve never really felt as if there was a systemic or historical agenda against… people with my skin color [in Asia]. But… I have seen job postings that contain phrases like ‘white teacher only…’ People also take endless pictures of me on the sly, and I’ve been offered skin bleaching cream.” - Niesha Davis

West Africa

“My time in Africa gave me a first-hand look at what it feels like to not be a second-class citizen in society. It showed me how much America has tried to ignore the existence of white privilege when it is actually engrained.” - Ernest Owens

Europe

“What shocked me about Europe were subtle racial and sexual micro-aggressions… [many Europeans are] oblivious when it came to their own prejudice/racism. I’d rather the person be an open racist [than] a closet-racist.” - Raphaella Brice

Russia

“I was afraid of everything… [but]  my experience in St. Petersburg was indeed magical. I came to regret that I’d prejudged Russia.” - Mary-Alice Daniel

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