Lately, I`ve been doing travel research on East Africa and South Africa. It has come to my attention again that the most widely published and/or contributing research-writers for travel guides are caucasian.
Where are the Black, Asian, and Latino travel writers? Please don`t try to sell me that line about there being a lack of talented and able travel writers of color because that is bullshit. I`m getting old now, so I know the truth- Black people can do and have been doing everything. There may be a lack of opportunities for talented travel writers of color but that doesn`t mean they don`t exist.
Thank God for Ms. Elaine Lee`s anthology Go Girl: The Black Woman`s Guide To Travel and Adventure. I discovered this engaging and eclectic collection of travel stories written by African-American women a few years ago. I had tears in my eyes when I found this book. It introduced me to a new world of wanderlust women who looked a lot like me.
I`m so sick of hearing that `Black don`t people travel.` Black people travel. African-American upper and middle class people do travel. However, African-Americans from working class and poor backgrounds may not have the opportunities to travel unless they join the military. I`ve been very blessed because I have the opportunity to travel to places that fill my slumbering dreams. I guess I need to share the love. I guess I need to stop talking and do it. I guess I need to bring it. I suggest you stay tune in the near future.
Please note that I do have another month in Japan! The action will begin in August.