Are there places you won’t go?
There are many lovely parts of the country that I would visit, if it were not for their overwhelming whiteness. I tend to think that a town or a state being all white isn’t just an accident. And there are lots of ways people of color can be made to feel uncomfortable. When everybody turns to stare when you walk into a restaurant. Or being refused service. When somebody mutters under his breath when you walk by. When people in cars roll down the windows to scream at you. When you see the Confederate flag proudly displayed at the souvenir stand. And when people yell racial slurs and threaten violence. Let alone when you encounter violence itself.
At times those all-white areas just don’t feel safe. And I think this is something that white people just don’t understand. (Otherwise why would I be invited to visit South Carolina?)
I used to read a website for people of color that rated various vacation destinations. And certainly I’ve had this discussion with other people. So it isn’t just me. But we got a link through to our blog from somebody in Maine, who made a comment in reference to this post about those of us who resist racism picking our vacation spots by race.
It just made me sigh, because I realized that white people sometimes just don’t get it. But rather than bore the regular readers with something that might be totally obvious, it seemed like time to implement the RR Shorthand Method of Addressing Tedious Racism™. Please refer to WHIB #3, R101 #2. Thank you.