Travel Is Not A White Boy’s Club (And Never Has Been) Dispatch: Moving Black

Recently I’ve had the opportunity through my injury to experience a sliver of life through a different set of eyes, one where not everything is taken for granted. I had to work a different set of muscles, both literally and figuratively.

Well, my blogging acquaintance Bani Amor (@bani_amor – Everywhere All The Time) has brought another perspective on travel in this post I am re blogging below. I’ve quoted many posts before, but rarely if ever re blogged.

This interview was so good, I wanted to give you the full experIence.

For me this is something I have wondered about, in the recesses of my mind, but had no way to get outside my own understanding to compare. .. until now.

Thank you, Bani Amor for this wonderful interview, put together under very challenging circumstances.

everywhere all the time

Hey people! Here’s my really belated interview with Abena Clarke of the blog Moving Black. Because of our traveling ways, our exchange took place over e-mail, over two weeks, in different time zones, in Accra, California, Ecuador, New York, Kenya and maybe London. It also took a while because I was reveling in VONA lyfe in California, and then my laptop broke! All complications aside, we managed to have a really straight up discussion on travel writing’s ‘bloody’ relationship with people of color, and how we might be able to approach a future together. Read on and get schooled!

dispatchesMsMovingBlack (aka Abena Clarke) is a Caribbean-based London-born teacher, writer, historian and armchair activist. She currently lives in Martinique but of all the countries and continents she’s visited, she’s most at home in the centre of a dance floor.

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4 thoughts on “Travel Is Not A White Boy’s Club (And Never Has Been) Dispatch: Moving Black

    • I thought so too. I’m glad it was a good read for you as well.

      As ethnicity-blind as I may be (or feel I am), I have to admit, I wouldn’t likely discover the same sights that Abena Clarke [ http://movingblack,com ] mentioned (some have more cultural relevance to one group than another, just like museums and art galleries).

      And I certainly would not have blended in with the Haitian population well enough to go out for an evening alone. Even my Haitian friends in Port Au Prince don’t do that, but Abena demonstrated that it can be done.

      I appreciated the viewpoint very much, and now find I’m puzzling over more questions than I answered… I have to re-read that interview a couple more times to absorb it fully I think! And so we continue to learn, yes?

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