I've run into this a few times when I posted status updates on race, but this status on December 5 really brought out the worst in some of my "friends." When I wrote this status, I was reacting to complaints I've heard from many activists around the country about how white people show up at marches and rudely speak over black people who are trying to address how police brutality is hurting the black community.
Whether it is the Eric Garner case in Staten Island, Michael Brown in Ferguson or Tamir Rice in Cleveland (to name a few), it's been a brutal year for African Americans when it comes to police brutality. The 39-year-old talk show host went on the show to promote her book “Uganda Be Kidding Me,” but ended up defending herself for tweets she sent out on Oscar Sunday which many thought were racist in nature.One tweet revolved around Angelina Jolie wanting to adopt Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o. If I was worried about that, then I would be spending a lot of time online.(In 2015, London and Paris were ranked the 1st and 3rd most visited cities in the world, respectively.)Given all the above, I totally get why people are interested in our Russian holiday– their interest comes from a place of simply not knowing. ” questions, my trip has also elicited a lot of curiosity from fellow black travellers who ask, time and time again, what it was like to travel there as a person who is In order to understand why this question pops up so much, it’s necessary to understand the history of African-descended people in Russia and former Soviet republics.In my research on the web, I was surprised to discover that black folks have long had a presence in what was known as the USSR: according to this article, hundreds of African-Americans travelled to the region between 19 in an attempt to make a better life for themselves, as well as to escape the economic strife and racial persecution they faced in the USA.I am dating a man that holds doors open for me and everyone else behind him EVERY TIME.‘I am dating a man who has never been arrested, and doesn’t walk around acting like a fool.I am dating a humble man, someone who puts others before himself.Many of us often take to social media to express our frustration and mourn the loss of black people who have died unjustly at the hands of cops we feel might have exercised more restraint had the victims been white.Facebook is a venue where many African Americans express their feelings about racism, but like clockwork, these posts evoke the most racist commentary from white friends we ordinarily wouldn't suspect of holding racist views.But this contrasts sharply with recent depictions of race relations in Russia.A quick Google search reveals articles about hostility against blacks across the country, which at its “best” has included verbal abuse (like the racial epithets hurled at black soccer players by fans during matches) and at its worst has culminated in outright physical violence during games on Russian soil.