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Any racist problems - being black or in a mixed couple??

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1. Posted by philpot (Budding Member 11 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!


Myself, my boyfriend and my 2 brothers have just booked our round the world trip to commence February 2008. Myself and my brothers are all white and my boyfriend is Black - of carribean origin. We were wondering if anyone has been in the same situation and has had any problems at all or knows of anyone else who has - or could give us any tips or advice. South Africa is our first stop and our main worry - with him being black but also because we are a mixed couple which some may frown upon.

Please advise - any comments are helpful! Thanks

2. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 769 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I have travelled a lot with a few girlfriends (not bragging or anything!!) who have been African, Indian and Filpinno (not at the same time I should add!!) and the only time I have ever come across racism was in the Philippines where in a few towns a lot of people shouted at me accusing me of being American (I am not American, I am British) and that my Filippino girlfriend was a prostitute (she is not a prostitute, she is a well established designer). I have not travelled to South Africa so I cannot comment on that though I am afraid.

I have also travelled with black friends to different parts of the world and have never come across any problems. I think Eastern Europe may still have some problems with racism, but I can genuinly say I have never really come across any.

Hope this helps a bit.

By the way, if you do come across any racist idiots just ignore the ignorant t***s!!!!!!

3. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1837 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Well, if SEA countries like Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia etc. are in your route, i think you will have no problem. In Thailand and Malaysia itself, there are quite a number of Black ppl from Africa who are studying and working. And the people in this region are friendly. I am sure you will enjoy the hospitality here. Good Luck

4. Posted by kezin (Budding Member 107 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

- Hi Philpot,

- I don't think you will encounter any targetted rascist behaviour while in South Africa. You will be recognized as tourists from abroad. Naturally, you should take some care with ' where you go ' but- aside from gemeral ' attitudes ' implying this or suggesting that- you should be fine. Let us know which R.T.W. route you are taking- which cities, regions, etc. That will help in answering your question.

- I see racism as distinct from predjudice. Others will no doubt disagree, which is fine. Best, Kevin

5. Posted by Kathi20 (Respected Member 270 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

be prepared to get some looks in ZA, as not everyone accepts the fact, that there are whites dating blacks, white people adopting a black child etc.

If they here your accent, they might realise that you are from England, but don't count on it...

For example everyone thought that I was South african when I was there (and I'm austrian)

by the way: there's so many different skin colours all over Africa/all over the world and your friend probably has his 'own type' as well... (maybe more 'coloured' than black?')

Hope you understand what I'm trying to say...

I might ask my husband tonight what he thinks about it...