TRAVELING WHILE BLACK


It’s about to get pretty YouTube emotional up in here. What’s going on, everybody? It’s me, Jo. Today’s topic of discussion is How is it being a woman of color traveling all over the world? ‘Cause you did ask. I be seeing those comments. And you know what?
Am I hearing somebody saying at home there’s no difference? Imma be quiet for you right this minute. (crickets chirping) Woman already that’s like a… (mimics tire screech). “You’re a woman traveling?…
You can’t be traveling… A lot of other women are traveling out there by themselves without a Damon, without anybody with them.
So if you’re a woman and you’re afraid of traveling you shouldn’t be because there are so
many women doing it. You just have to be cautious. Being a person of color traveling. Now, that’s something you don’t see too often and the number one thing that gets me is when I’m traveling places and I look around and I’m like “Yo, where my people of color at?”
Nine times out of ten, I’m the only one, so much so that it creates stares because people aren’t used to seeing
people of color travel. Jo, is it safer for you traveling with Damon? Oh, is it safer? Maybe.
Is it different? Yes, I still get stared at when I’m traveling with Damon just like he gets started at when he’s traveling with me. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not just a one-sided coin here.
Damon, when we were in Latin America, people would call him “blanquito.” They would be like “Ooh, blanquito y morena”. He gets it too. when they see two different people traveling and being best friends it creates head turns, it’s like: WHAAAAT? And we’re like Mm-hm! So, Jo how is it traveling without Damon and
being a woman of color ? Now you hit the jackpot with that question. I traveled a lot without Damon. I went to Egypt it was me and my girls. I am the darkest one out of all four of us. I thought that going to Africa, going to the motherland, that it wouldn’t be racist I experienced the most racist comments. It was just like “whaaat?” I meet some local Egyptians and the first they say is: “Wow, you are really pretty, I didn’t think black people could be pretty. Was that a compliment? Ok. Imma let that one slide. Second thing: Oh, you know, white people and black people don’t marry here because black people aren’t as good
but don’t worry you’ll get married, to a black person As if my goal in life is 1: to be married 2: to be married to somebody that you tell me that I can be married to Wow, let that one slide, again! The last thing that happened, during my Egypt trip We were eating dinner. Ok. It was like a big table filled with Egyptians and my best friends, who, by the way, felt no discrimination at all other than the fact that we’re women and being a woman in Egypt is already pretty difficult.
Anyways, we’re sitting at the table for dinner, you know, I’m enjoying my fooood!!! At this point, I had seasonings and the grease from the food we were eating, like up to my wrist I’m like, “Hey, can you pass the paper towel?” I took two pieces of
paper towel and I started wiping my hands. And the person who gave me the paper towel said, “Oh, look at you trying to get more than one piece of paper towel. Don’t worry. No matter how many times you try you can’t wipe off your brown skin.” Wha… Whaaa… Whaaaaat?!!! As if I would have ever wanted! To wipe off my brown skin! I am so happy being a brown person and not because it’s better or worse. Because I’m happy being me and now you’re trying to make me think that I need to wipe off this skin color that I am perfectly happy with… Disrespect! And the only thing I could do in that moment was show them, that I am a perfectly happy smiley human being and dismiss a lot of the bull$#!t that they were thrown my way. Yes, it is
upsetting that the world still operates like this but if you look at those people like,”Oh my God, they’re so mean and rude. I’m never coming here again”, They won. See the thing is when you’re travelling, anywhere, you’re exposing yourself to these things. That’s the whole point of travel: You’re putting yourself out there. You’re putting yourself out of your comfort zone and I do have to admit, people of color or people that look different, do experience that in a more intense level because 1: You’re already out of your comfort zone because you left home, and 2: You’re in that place where people look at you like you got 6 heads! Yeah, honey! Let me live! All I’m gonna say is the ignorance aint gon’ stop my hustle. Every time I travel, my absolute goal is to help people open their minds 1 trip at a time 1 conversation at a time and that’s it.

92 Replies to “TRAVELING WHILE BLACK

  1. Yep, i haven't experienced that level of racism (well not to my face) But… Im mexican and when i went to Guatemala i experience some like bad treatment from certain people that idk are just insecure about their country …idk how to explain it But yeah… And also some people thought i was indigena just because im brown like…which Is totally cool but the in Guatemala Is like the worst thing for you to be and that males people from the city feel like they can treate you badly. The fact that they treate indígenas like that Is the sadest thing … I was very disapointed in people from the city

  2. thank you jo for bringing these issues and tell us about that … im really proud of you… keep on travelling no matter what..and dont give a f*uck to those jerks outhere😙😙😙

  3. You are so beautiful with a bomb shape , pause. I am just givin props cause I have a great shape too and I’ve traveled the world. The most challenging trip being a woman was India back in 2005. You went to the part of Africa that is primarily Arab influenced but still Africa none the less but these Arabs come from some savagery so that’s what their thinking is that way. Understand the Arab is not even a race is an identity and if you trace their linage you will see that they were much darker than you and I but they have since mixed with Europeans to whiten up their skin over the generations. If you go anywhere near any sub-Saharan African countries, you will be treated like a queen they will be at your feet, TRUST. Go to the real Africa, not these so called Arab invasion-ed ones.

  4. As a black girl who’s quarter Egyptian: I apologize on behalf of the ignorance 😭😭😭😭😭😭

  5. You are a beautiful person inside and out. Block out the negative comments. It's jealousy because they see that you're pretty. God bless you. 🙂

  6. @1:35 How are you the darkest? I sought out a video to find out your race because I keep seeing you're Brazilian and you look American black and white! I think your hair and flag is why people are confused. I like your videos so far. You and your buddy are amazing.

  7. I get bullied at school for being black. One time this girl let’s call her Amy. So Amy said-Hey look it’s the girl who was a slave… Am I a slave why am I being mistaken by one Also it’s not nice to make fun of people by there skin color.

  8. This is such an amazing video. I am a person of color , a women and a latina and i have been so afraid of traveling because of these issues, so this has given me so much more confidence.

  9. I never clicked on this video expecting to see an over reaction of simple ignorance, but what I got was a detailed story of racism. Nowadays simply being ignorant is racist.

  10. Hola Jo, I'm also a colored female traveler that speak 4 languages. I feel so impressed by this video. Someone called me a "puta asiática" when I've been to a small town. Discrimination doesn't make me feel chickened at all, but encourage me to fight back and insist to do whatever I want (at this point it's travel around the world). I'm so glad to hear what you say in this video, and you inspired me a lot.

  11. I Arab and I am so so sorry for your comments about your skin tone I think a very person is beautiful no matter he's or here's tone I not from Egypt I'm from lebanon but I'm sure that it was an ass hol not all Egypshn people are like that fuck face❤❤❤❤

  12. It's funny that Egyptians themselves have mostly dark skin yet some of them are this racist !

    i think it's because of the neighboring Sudan, if they knew you were american they probably treat differently..

  13. Racism is a waste of time … live your life to the fullest…..you're a pretty lady and of course there are plenty of black and white guys trying to impress you but if you have met someone who was a little bit ofensive in their words just ignore this person…..(((There is an expression in brazilian portuguese that says: "Ninguém atira pedras em árvores sem fruto))). if some people is trying to dimish the beauty of your tree just smile…..you're special!!!(It's sad when we see jealous people completely dominated by this destrutive feeling around us)

  14. So many of the "style" of comment I have gotten forever because I'm a gay woman… who happened to be raised to enjoy "being feminine" in a lot of ways. But you know.. not necessarily more or less than all my straight friends, coworkers, neighbors, etc… Women today are just (well should be I think) just what they want to be…
    I happen to like dresses, easy, cool, comfortable.. heels – which when trying on I check that I can dance and run in – right there in the store..
    I also canoe, plant trees, work with computers..
    I digress to make a point.
    I get told things, like, "wow, if you didnt tell – No one would guess.." "You probably haven't met the right guy." (Actually I have – I have some awesome fantastic great guy friends I love like "brothers." )
    The sister of my best friend (a GUY – think Will & Grace but I'm Will..) gets married, moves across the country, I don't see her for 10 years .. until we live close again.. she has 3 girls now.. Her husband is FREAKED because when I visit often with her brother, and we sit around "visiting" the 4 year old likes to sit in my lap. And seems to be fascinated with my hair… long curly, in a family of short, stick straight. He acts weird everytime I'm over.. but not when we all "go out" – I find out he's freaking about her sitting in my lap! Now all 3 girls sit in my male friends lap – climb all over him.. and no problem with that..
    I'm just saying.
    I'm hearing you. People are ignorant. Sometimes it's important to me to stop and "educate" but other times I don't feel like pausing my otherwise normal good time / busy day .. whatever.. to try to school someone who is as open to it in that moment as a rock.

    Now I have a question, I sometimes will jump in and make a comment to someone dissing say, a Jewish friend, or a disabled friend, Latinx (I'm half Cuban/ half Lithuanian and all American), another gay friend, a straight friend, just "any ole thing" like how an NYC or a Georgian friend talks, or recently a friend called "a dumb blonde."
    And I'm more than happy if a friend comes up with the snappy response for the homophobic or just rude homophobe ignorant comment directed at me.
    Any thoughts on the attitude "you don't have to fight my battle"?

  15. I heard everything you said but can I just say … I LOVE YOUR HAIR! My sister incidentally – is biracial (dif. dads yep) and her hair is like yours but she can’t get it right lol

  16. O racismo infelizmente é realidade em qualquer lugar do mundo, o fato de vc ser mulher ser negra e ser feliz e realizada irrita pessoas preconceituosas, mas nunca se deixe abalar por isso. Vc é incrível ❤

  17. Yep I’ve heard Egypt is incredibly racist. India wasn’t bad though I had box braids and people thought they were amazing. To the point where a girl touched them from behind and ran away laughing. They were so mesmerized.

  18. I'm going to São Paulo next year, partly due inspiration you Damen and Jo and partly because I want to knock it off of my bucket list.

    Anyway, I know Brazil has a large Black population, but should I be prepared to experience racism their too?

  19. So I am multicultural -I travel a lot and I am sorry but the only times I have ever had weird experiences were in the USA

  20. For some reason I never thought of Jo as black. I just thought that she had skin, like every other human being.

    I don’t really care for skin. I only care about hair. I always admire her hair.

  21. Even as a light skinned moroccan. I find it hard dealing with egyptian humour and culture. Sorry you had to go through this.

  22. Travelling while inebriated. Travelling while stoned. Travelling while on parole.
    And now ………. Travelling while black.

  23. preach sister! this is such an important video, You're so amazing and a beautiful person inside and out 🙂

  24. I‘m so sorry for the shitty comments you got in Egypt. As an Egyptian, I know how frustrating the lack of education and cultural competence can be, but this is really just a tiny part of (I hate to say it but) the less financially stable people… God this is terrible I‘m so sorry. Trust me this is not who we are

  25. You are soooo right. The world has a lot to answer for. Non black people have been brainwashed by the establishments around the world. God is coming.

  26. It's so strange traveling and not seeing more people of coloring traveling abroad. I always get curious stares as well. While living in south korea, one of my students told me that I have dirty skin due to my complexion.

  27. I’m white but my buddy who is black we are both going to Amsterdam do I need to keep guard if any body fuck with by buddy

  28. It’s really sad you had to experience that. I’m South African 🇿🇦 and I’ve been privileged to grow up in a multiracial country. I think we’re far by the most progressive racially especially after the apartheid struggle. 🥀

    It’s so weird coz I have friend from all diff ethnic groups but whenever I exit that tiny bubble of mine whenever I travel with my family reality strikes.

    What annoys me the most is when people always say “Black people from Africa can’t travel” or satisfy their disbelief by believing I’m probably African American😂. I just wish the work was less ignorant and open minded.

    Anyways lots of love Jo and Damon! 💖🌷😄

  29. Holy shit, that paper towel comment… I haven't traveled to many countries as of yet, but luckily the ones I have visited, I've never experienced any comments like that… maybe a couple stares tho 🤔

  30. Yeah the Arabs in North Africa see black people as below human or something I experienced so much racism in Morocco it's like wow so we're not all Africans or even humans? It's so shocking and sad

  31. I went on a European Cruise with my mother, she's lighter than me (bout jo's colouring) and i'm like a full on chocolate bar colour. and OMG the STARES, we were two black women with money on this cruise and all we did was get starred at by certain members of staff and customers or get like appreciation smiles/nods (you get what i mean if ur from this particular cultures) from people of colour employees. it was SO UNCOMFORTABLE, the stops were fine – but being confided in a space with a huge amount of confused eastern europeans passengers (we're from the uk) was awful. People thought i was a celebrity at moments and literally asked for autographs and photos because god forbid a working class black woman is on a damn cruise. for shame.

    That being said, experiencing how these people acted made me more comfortable with myself and who I am. It's enabled me to feel comfortable in a sea of white people (don't mean this offensively) and to own it and to rebuke their ignorance with politeness and class all while staying SPICY. Another silver lining was that the cruise was free cause I won it on a gameshow but STILL, probs wouldn't do that again lol.

  32. Hello my friend,
    I love you and Damon‘s videos there awesome. I would love to have you both on my show on anchor.fm Chenelle‘s language learning journey podcast at anchor.fm to talk about your language learning journey is your story your YouTube channel how you guys travel around the world ET see. I would love to have you as a speaker at my Alfaro lingo first 2020 in July 2020 to talk about what it means to be a woman of color traveling and learning languages TC. I am suspect we creating a language festival online that has to do with people of color whether they’re from Latin America, Asia, African-American the black diaspora is ET see and is going to be a platform for people of color who learn languages and use languages in our every day lives to help impact people from around the world and I would love for you to take part in the very first Afro lingo fest 2020

  33. Hello my friend,
    I love you and Damon‘s videos there awesome. I would love to have you both on my show on anchor.fm Chenelle‘s language learning journey podcast at anchor.fm to talk about your language learning journey is your story your YouTube channel how you guys travel around the world ET see. I would love to have you as a speaker at my Alfaro lingo first 2020 in July 2020 to talk about what it means to be a woman of color traveling and learning languages TC. I am suspect we creating a language festival online that has to do with people of color whether they’re from Latin America, Asia, African-American the black diaspora is ET see and is going to be a platform for people of color who learn languages and use languages in our every day lives to help impact people from around the world and I would love for you to take part in the very first Afro lingo fest 2020

  34. Hello my friend,
    I love you and Damon‘s videos there awesome. I would love to have you both on my show on anchor.fm Chenelle‘s language learning journey podcast at anchor.fm to talk about your language learning journey is your story your YouTube channel how you guys travel around the world ET see. I would love to have you as a speaker at my Alfaro lingo first 2020 in July 2020 to talk about what it means to be a woman of color traveling and learning languages TC. I am suspect we creating a language festival online that has to do with people of color whether they’re from Latin America, Asia, African-American the black diaspora is ET see and is going to be a platform for people of color who learn languages and use languages in our every day lives to help impact people from around the world and I would love for you to take part in the very first Afro lingo fest 2020

  35. This make sense now. I have an egyptian friend who is of your skin tone and hair texture. Hes mixed Dark dad white mom, both Egyptian. Makes sense as to why they left Egypt.

  36. egyptians u talkin bout are immigration. im from somalia and we know them bc we use abeed name for them bc arabs are not fav ting in our community

  37. Egypt is an Arab country, just so happens to be in North Africa. Besides white people don't have a monopoly on racism.

  38. White people get starred at too, just in different countries. Indians star at everyone who isn't brown and are just as likely to say something racist. I don't even think it's considered racist. Just a matter of fact.

  39. I didn't know that this extremely bad racism can be in an arab/islamic country such Egypt! but for real this is a shame! Sure there's good and bad people in any country but the shame is when they're muslims.

  40. god it’s awful in Egypt! I went with two of my friends, one mixed raced and one black and they experienced the same discrimination. it’s disgusting

  41. Here in Japan is not different. If a dark skin person sits on the subway or trains usually people will avoid to seat next by the person. Is not so common to see black people in Japan when a black man dates or marry one everyone stares them on the street my foreign friends have experienced that in here even in their jobs. White people are way more treated better here and girls like them more then the other guys with brown or dark color skin. Here there's a joke among foreigners that that type of white guy would never date a girl back in their country (America usually). Here even for the local the white their skin is the prettier they're considered; they have skin products to white their skin. Summer some women cover up their entire body using gloves, huge hats and go swimming with a special swimming clothing just to not get their skin dark.

  42. Hi, young lady enjoy every aspect of your life!- those whom believe that their better than you! Are tremendously sick!- don't believe the HYPE!!''' You are beautiful"- color skin is magnificent beautiful!!- also you don't i have to worry about getting sun- burn honey-child"- BLESS can i get a AMEN i enjoyed your video pray everyday be aware of wickness in some human being pray and allow the most high to direct his love of honor bestowed apon you thanks and be safe!- awareness, have a plan for saftey! Don't trust know one fully bless you are

  43. I know the video is old but Imma drop in with my comment. Love your last words. PoC like to travel,I believe the more homogenous it is the more likely the head turns. I feel like I still want to travel,I know the darker a person is the less respect we get abroad for some reason. My brother was stationed in S.Korea a couple of years ago,never went alone to travel unless with someone he knew who was Korean. He said they'd give hard stares like he wasn't human.He likes the idea of Japan and Korea like myself,but we both know when skin color is involved sometimes it feels like you never left the States. I want to visit Japan and France and am aware both while beautiful do treat darker skinned people(not just blacks) a little different. I know it isn't everyone but it can leave you feeling like "was it really necessary to say that out your mouth?" Anyway love your outlook Jo and positive view.

  44. My friend and I started traveling two years ago. Last year we went to Rome and Athens. Someone touched my friend’s hair in Athens. pause Then he quickly walked away. We saw some African American people in both locations, but not many. I wish more of us knew how easy and cheaply you can travel. As women in our 40s, we are all about having as many experiences as possible while we still can! Love your channel.

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