T.W.B Traveling While Black

Various bloggers have shared their experience on this subject. I, in turn have used their blogs and experiences while planning my own excursions. However, I take all advice with a grain of salt, because sometimes you just have to see things for yourself. Only once did I ever kick myself for ignoring such advice.

It’s like this...being black in America is pretty much like being black in London, Spain, France or any place other than Africa. The only plus is that once they hear the American accent they usually treat you much, MUCH better. Still in some places, there are some looks, bad customer service, comments, etc. Luckily, for me most of my run-ins were nothing more than idle curiosity. At least a  dozen times while in Prague and Turkey especially I had people wanting to take a picture WITH ME. Guess so they can show their friends that black Americans DO exist.

In Europe, it seems as if Black Americans are treated with more respect than Africans, or even black Europeans. However, they also appear to have some closed-mindlike views. For instance, I found these toys in a vending machine in Germany. The depiction of black people was a bit disheartening.

Nonetheless, they still possess overall a better appreciation for people of color than I have found in the states. In the us I am afraid to go outside and be that person in the wrong place at the wrong time. In most of Europe I felt finally free. Free to walk around and not be followed in a store. Free to know that a cop won’t come up to me, ask a few questions then shoot me in the head.

Sad to say I’d rather be caught TWB in ANY country ANY day than to be racially profiled in America on any given afternoon.