Gloria Atanmo is a travel blogger and the owner of “Theblogabroad.com”. She defies the traditional believes of her Nigerian parents concerning what success should look like and what is termed to be “a real job” by going into what she loves most which is traveling and connecting with people. .
Gloria has been to also 27+ countries and has mixed with different cultures.
Below is what she had to share during her visit to Jamaica.
“Let’s get uncomfortable for a minute.
I had to force myself to get rid of the mentality that the lack of Black people in a space voids my participation.
Black Americans constitute the third largest racial group in the U.S., but in some countries, our existence is still an anomaly.
The idea that we, too, could have the disposable income to fly to someone else’s country to visit, not emigrate, still blows people’s minds.
So I’m always aware that being Black in some countries means that by default, I become the standard and people will form entire opinions about Black people based on their ONE experience with me.
Which is why this two-week vacation in Jamaica has been such a breath of fresh air because I got to remind myself about the power that comes with being in the majority.
Something that’s never been a commodity in my childhood or adult years.
“Relax! You’re in Jamaica now! White people can’t bother you here!” my guide randomly said. I cackled.
How did he know I haven’t seen this many Black people in a hot minute? He could probably sense how anxious I was about it.
And you don’t realize how much more relaxed you feel chatting with another Black person, regardless of where they’re from, because your shared history connects you.
Jamaica was colonized by the Spaniards and then by the British, who brought so much foreign disease to the indigenous people, that they nearly went extinct.
After millions of West Africans were enslaved for the next two centuries, they started putting campaigns in place to promote the idea that “African” and “slave” were synonymous. That one equaled the other.
There was also a hierarchy based on skin tone created by the British where lighter-skinned Blacks were given more privileges than darker-skinned ones.
And sadly, this shade dynamic still remains to this day, with skin bleaching being a billion dollar industry, and Nigeria, Jamaica, and South Africa rounding out the top 3 country consumers.
Imagine how this ideology from centuries ago has stood the test of time, yet there are people who believe we should just “get over it.”
So I wear this shirt with pride.
I am my ancestors’ wildest dreams.
I am Black & Abroad ✊🏾
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