Dear Friends & Blog Readers:
I have been receiving e-mails regarding my posts where I discuss the preference for light/white-skin in India. I want to point out that I have travelled to 25 countries as of Feb. 1, 2006 (at various times in my life). I've only felt that skincolor was a serious issue in 1 (India) out of the 25 countries I've visited. The fact that I felt comfortable in my Black skin in the other 24 countries says a lot.
I've also learned that a traveler's nationality usually trumps the color of their skin. Some people abroad like or respect Americans and some people hate us. However, I'm usually treated very well based on the passport I carry. Please note that this has a nasty side because I've seen people who hold non-Western nations passports being treated very shabbily.
I have no intention of allowing how other people may preceive the color of my skin as factoring into how I live my life or where I go. I was saddened by some of my treatment in India. (Please note that I also meet some wonderful Indians too.) However, my biggest sadness came when I realized that some Indians regarded Europeans as being better than themselves. However, I see India's self-esteem issues as being their problem and not mine.
Therefore, I'm continuing my quest to see as much of the world as I like. I do want the world to embrace me but sometimes that doesn't happen. And it is ok since I know who I am and have a whole bunch of people who love me.
P.S.- Please note that I've lived in Japan, Italy, and London, U.K. I've travelled to Australia, Taipei, Taiwan, Malta, France, Czeck Republic, Netherlands, Scotland, Turkey, Eqypt, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, Hong Kong & Macau, Austria, and Greece.