"I can drown the drink of water, and kill a dead tree. Wait till you see Muhammad Ali." #blackhistorymonth
This just hurt my heart. I’m supposed to be studying abroad this year in both Italy and Thailand and you’re telling me that I have to put up with the same ignorance that ran me out of my previous school?
All I could think while reading this was, Wow White people have literally fucked up the entire world. Like the whole thing.
I really wanted to go to Greece and Italy
don’t let this dumb shit discourage you. TRAVEL. You will have dumb racist people everywhere you go but are you REALLY going to let that discourage you. Sometimes people think the way they do because they JUST DON’T KNOW, why?, because dumb shit like this makes people uncomfortable and scared to step outside their comfort zone. I really wish more black people would broaden their horizons and travel. I’ve studied abroad last year and i’m doing it again this year, it’s an amazing experience.
^ I agree! Travel if you want to travel. And go where you want to go. I am living in Germany for a year right now. I had a lot of people tell me not to go because, “Germany has Nazis.” Granted, I live in West Germany, which I hear is less racist, but I am apart of a government-funded program that places 75 Americans all throughout Germany for one year. I have black friends in this program the south, and in East Germany - specifically in Dresden (which is usually the city that is referenced for racism in Germany). And even though the article claims that blacks might not make it out alive… guess what - none of us are dead. I went to Berlin for New Years - made it out alive - they’re really used to tourists there. And Germany has a HUGE influx of Turkish people, who come in as many shades as black people - and they are still alive, and thriving.
I will say that most white Germans don’t really understand the concept of being black, but not being from Africa. And I’ve had a couple of Africans here ask if I’m mixed (even though in America, I’m considered black), so I DO get questions, and awkward comments. My friend in Dresden HAS gotten some racist comments, but it hasn’t stopped him from getting an internship in a local hospital.
And traveling isn’t only about opening YOUR eyes, but other people’s eyes as well.
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