Racism is still an issue in this day and age. There is no getting around that and as long as this world exists and people are different there will always be racism prejudice and sexism. As well as a whole host of other things. As a black female and most importantly a ‘Global Citizen’ of this world. I think its important to shed truth and light in what can be at times a dark place.
I have been traveling in total for 16 years and the past 3 years on my own. These travel expeditions have taken me through the Middle East, India, South East Asia, South America, USA, Australia and Europe. I have been lucky enough to visit some of the most remote islands on the planet. Islands and countries where men dominate. This has not and will never hold me back from visiting a country. I have never been one to shy away like a wall flower and want to inspire and instill confidence in to others that want to travel.
I feel as though I hold a great responsibility being female young and black. Most of the countries I have visited especially in the Asia region and Eastern Europe, black people are a ‘rare’ ‘exotic’ even ‘alien’. Peoples preconceived ideas of what black people are like are based on old archaic wives tales especially among the older generations. Therefore I feel that when I visit countries where they may have never seen a black person in their life. That I hold a responsibility to educate them and be a real life example of what we are as a race. Breaking judgements that we are uneducated, violent and all live in Africa.
Then on the flip side I want to educate my race that are fearful of traveling to certain countries because they might get attacked stared at bullied, robbed murdered because of the color of their skin.
I am not the only female traveler who is working hard to break these judgemental stereotypes or fabricated stories on both sides of the fence. I get emails and messages weekly from people all over the world to find out what it is really like in Asia being black. I have these questions from both black and white people.
So with this in mind imagine how infuriating it is to see this video filtering out of the US of A. Fear mongering hate led video. Which is frankly disgusting for Europeans, Asia and black people. Americans and statistically Black African Americans/ Latinos are the demographic that are least likely to venture out of their country due to fear.
Fear that is fueled by propaganda led tit- heads that have their own agendas. Not only that, it puts other countries and millions of people in a bad light. Videos like this are spread and used to keep people where they are.
In this age more than ever before, we need to turn off the television open our eyes and go and see for ourselves. I am not saying that racism and racist low life don’t exist. Far from it I have experienced racism on many occasions. But as someone who has been to Spain on my own more than 10 times and been to most of these countries and have friends from most of these countries in the video. I am saying it is a stark exaggeration and one that is meant to instill fear and keep people put.
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