If you are a person of color like me and thinking of traveling to another country, the very first thing you do is ask if the country is racist. If the review is great you go if its bad you are reluctant to go which is greatly sad and disappointing as the color of our skin shouldn’t be a deterrent to us on exploring life and be adventurous. The reviews of some countries are so bad that it makes me wonder what blacks did to them; or our only error was being born black?
Racism and discrimination has been directed at blacks for time being, many articles have been written on it and massive exposure has been made in the media to shame the racists but yet blacks are always subject to racism and discrimination. One question that beats my mind is why are people racist? what started racism? will racism be ever fixed? will there be a day where blacks will travel to all parts of the world without being scared about being subject to racism and discrimination? will there ever be a day where people of all skin types will be treated equally?
Being discriminated against based on your skin color is bad enough that you are judged on that but not on who you are and what you stand for. A few days ago I watched a Korean movie and was fascinated by how Seoul was beautiful and was thinking of visiting it, the first thing i googled was, are Koreans racist? Frankly i was overwhelmed at the search results i received both on trip adviser, lonely planet and one personal blog. It was enough for me to discard the idea of ever visiting Korea. The blacks who had lived reviews was heartbreaking. Some had instances of not landing a job, others being photographed on the streets to the extend of their hairs being touched without permission. Another comment which really surprised me was the fact that a black teacher had to be sacked from her school because the parents of the students didn’t want their kids being taught by a black teacher….. i am like really?. yeah it is that bad. So obviously South Korea is out of my bucket list so are some countries who have high levels of racism. I don’t want to relieve my worst fears again.
I have been a victim of racism and discrimination which was a horrible experience I don’t ever want to relive it again. There have been instances where i was seen as a sex figure because i am black, not hired because am black, followed in a supermarket by a security because am black which is worrying . Nobody will ever want to be treated differently because on their skin color. My past experience is greatly influencing my decisions of migration that when i have an interest in seeing a place and the talks of racism and discrimination is high i just cancel it out the thoughts outright.
I thought the world have advanced and blacks are making names for themselves to remove the stereotypes of us being bad but yet it gets worse each day. when will there be a day when the world will accept us fully for who we are and what we can do and look beyond our skin color and get to know our personality than quickly branding us as bad and screaming to us to go back to our countries when we visit their countries for tourism.
A’int we humans like the white? Don’t we breathe the same air?, Don’t we have the same body parts?, don’t we all die and give birth?, dont we both have gays and lesbians?. dont we all have education? so why the heck are we being discriminated against?
Or is it that everything about our version is inferior? Both races equally have people who are bad and those who are good ,why are we being singled out and discriminated against. what did we do wrong, or our skin color was wrong?
All this discrimination started the inferiority complex in young girls who resort to skin bleaching to be different, striving so hard to exotic and oriental just like the white lady behind the magazine cover and the pretty lady advertising the lipstick so they be acceptable. I am really disgusted at the world we live in today even as advanced as it is, racism still exist. I hope things change in the future for the young black children who are born and yet to be born so they wouldn’t have to pay the price of committing the offence of being black.
To the blacks who are out there and being discouraged ,be empowered and know that your black is beautiful and you can be anything you set your mind to. create your own version of beautiful in your black skin, be comfortable wearing it. And to those white supremacists and racists asshole ‘blacks will rise someday, blacks are learning and taking notes,someday we will be unstoppable. …. because the only wrong we did was being black!!!!!