The past week here in the US has been difficult to say the least. The racial tension and disparity between Black and White has never been more evident than the shooting death of two black men and subsequent reaction by both races.
As a world traveler of color, I often heed the warning given by the land of my birth when I’m traveling to a foreign country because I figure, “Hey, the State Department must know more than I do.” Because of the killing of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, the Bahamas has issued a US Travel Advisory. One part of the advisory says,
In particular young males are asked to exercise extreme caution in affected cities in their interactions with the police. Do not be confrontational and cooperate.
There are also two other countries, Bahrain and UAE that have issued the same warnings to its citizens. The Bahrain Embassy said in a tweet,
Please be cautious of protests or crowded areas occurring around the US. Emergencies call the embassy at 202.342.1111 ext9 or 202.297.0537
The UAE has also issued a warning to their citizens, find the warning here.
I have lived in the US for most of my life and have had positive and negative experiences with police officers. I now currently live in Charlotte, North Carolina and since moving here I haven’t had any bad experiences with police officers so I don’t want you to think as Black people we are walking around with bullet proof vests. But we are extremely cautious and tensions are high.
I won’t tell you not to visit my country, but I also won’t tell you being Black in America at this moment is an easy thing. Whatever you decide, please be careful.