Touring Whereas Black: How four Dad and mom Plan Household Holidays
Health and safety always comes first during family breaks. But black families and black families should take part in the competition in preparation for the trip, and see if they can be welcomed in their destination or if their families will be discriminated against. We spoke to four black parents about how they handle the situation, many saying they are thinking about how their families will be received when deciding where to go together. They understand that some places, such as the Southern United States, have their own ideas and sometimes racism is one of them. Here, they make plans to vacation and travel with their children.
Deciding where to go
Like black Americans, it’s not uncommon to be the only black person or black person in the room. It’s something we often realize. To address this problem, some travelers are thinking of black people living in their area before deciding to go there. “I don’t just worry about it – I read it for myself,” says Montoya Hudson of The Spring Break Family. “If the place doesn’t have a lot of black people or it’s not popular with black people, or a few black people, then they’ll be removed from the travel list.” His initial search included a search on Google and a social networking site to determine if there were any racist activity and a census check to determine if blacks or brown people lived there. He also said it was possible for him and his family to get along in black-free areas but the differences could be real.
Tiffany Miller (left), says her family is thrilled to see other black families along the way
Travel blogger Chinique Gordon of Fro Family Travels, on the other hand, is not worried about the number of black people going because they can find Facebook dating groups in the world’s largest cities today. Similarly, Tiffany Miller who travels frequently says her family is happy to see other black families on the move, often agreeing with the headline. For him, the presence of people of another race is not necessary as an opportunity to learn more about the world.
Aside from Facebook groups, social networking sites such as Instagram offer important things to learn about how black travelers feel about the destination. Travelers like Oneika Raymond, Monet Hambrick, and Rondette Amoy record their travels in detail and always provide information on their experiences as black travelers in particular. That said, Gordon makes a point of not allowing personal experiences of his destination to determine whether he wants to visit or not. “I found that many bloggers tell their black readers to avoid Spain as a plague because of racism and I was disappointed because our experience was completely different,” he says.
Fighting racism along the way
Every family encountered discrimination along the way. Hudson says her husband was called “LeBron James” on a trip to Rome and her children are called “black and white” because of their different skin tones. Travel guide Dina Farmer Lily and Magnolia Travel encountered four other screens at the Frankfurt airport with her two children from Turkey, which she feels are caused by her skin. Because of this, he is said to have made a choice in his choice of travel in order to avoid annihilation in Germany altogether.