Being a minority in America, and really the world, means always having to be on a heightened alert. From unnecessary hair checks on black travelers with natural hair and being black in first class to traveling abroad, there’s never a moment where black travelers are allowed to let their guard down.
Medium’s Traveling While Black series takes a deep dive into the experience from 6 different stories and writers chronicling their journey through TSA and around the world. Morgan Jerkins, Jamilah Lemieux, and Randy Winston break down the minutiae of being judged in TSA, even by those who look like us at times, and being afraid to let our guard down.
Authors Mateo Askaripour and Nneka M. Okona discuss the intimate details of international travel and being reminded of the anti-blackness sentiment while Kaitlyn Greenidge wax poetics over the corners of the world where blackness is its own nation.
Kudos to Medium for putting this collection together!