And they call themselves our friends. I learned long ago not to associate with these white people. It breaks my heart to see my black and brown friends now coming to this realization. It’s painful to discover that long-time white friends either don’t believe or don’t care that you deal with racism daily. “Just don’t worry about it.” “Ignore it.” That’s their sage advice. Here’s the thing, white people. None of us asked you how we should deal with racism. We’re asking you to fight with us. If you’re unwilling to do that, don’t call yourself a friend. Racists cannot be our friends. And make no mistake about it. That’s exactly what you are.
We tend to grossly overestimate the pleasure brought forth by new experiences and underestimate the power of finding meaning in current ones. While travel is a fantastic way to gain insight into unfamiliar cultures and illuminating ways of life, it is not a cure for discontentment of the mind.