Traveling While Black: The ABC Travel Green Book | TIS Ep. 24
One thing the sisters have been missing since Corona started is travel. Though they’re not quite ready to hit the skies yet, they’ve already started thinking about where they should go. They plan to consult the ABC Travel Green Book, written specifically for travelers of color, to help them plan their next big trip. The new Green Book is written by Martinique Lewis, and is based on the original Negro Motorist Green Book Compendium created by Victor Hugo Green during the Jim Crow era. Also on deck: 2020 continues to be an interesting year (to say the least). Sharon and Lisa talk about Barbados becoming a republic, and why, in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, the word ‘racism’ has been re-defined.
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3 Big Takeaways:
- Traveling is different depending on your race: “Racism affects every part of life. What BIPOC experience when traveling is very different from what white people experience.”
- Many Black travelers code switch for their safety: “As a Black traveler, you have to raise your game in terms of your appearance and attitude in order to make sure that you don’t get stopped frequently.”
- The ABC Travel Green Book is so necessary: “It’s useful to have a resource that says: Here is where you can find people who look like you, here are the places where you are going to be safe, and here are the places to avoid at all costs if you’re a Black woman travelling alone.”