There are so many classic catchphrases that you hear in the black community like:
“Black people don’t swim”
“Black people don’t do hostels”
“Black people don’t ski”
“Black people don’t try new foods”
“Black people don’t camp”
“Black people don’t surf”
“Black people don’t hike”
“Black people don’t backpack”
“Black people don’t do ghost”
And the list goes on and on. All of these phrases can be funny and sometimes feel completely true but are FALSE!! Let’s be honest, WE CAN DO IT ALL!!
I used to be one of those people who let the misconceptions among my community scare me into not trying new things. And honestly, I missed out on a lot of fun and cool adventures holding back. But once I saw that we actually DO IT, and WELL. I wanted to try it for myself.
Check out these amazing magical beings that defy the odds and debunk stereotypes by doing what they(and we) said they couldn’t.
BLACK PEOPLE DON’T SWIM
Alice is a British swimmer who has competed in the 2019 World Aquatics Championships and literally crushes in the sport. She is the only black swimmer on the British team and the second to evert compete for Great Britain. She has said in interviews that her dad is white and her mom is black and that the latter is the only one that can swim. Her mission is actually to squash the long-standing myth that black people can’t swim.
BLACK PEOPLE DON’T DO HOSTELS
With travel being on the uprise and people trying to save coins to do it, this myth has never been more FALSE! Not only are black people exploring new ways to save money by trying different accommodations but this queen has broken the mold by being the first person to open a black-owned hostel business. Sis is defying odds and diversifying the market.
BLACK PEOPLE DON’T SKI
This phrase is accompanied by another oldie but goodie, “Black people don’t do cold weather.” FALSE!! One of my favorite travel bloggers and curvy girl enthusiast kills the myth alongside her traveling hubby by showing that we can and will do it annnnd add some style while we are at it! You can find loads of black skiers, professional and leisure by following the hashtag #blackpeopleski.
BLACK PEOPLE DON’T TRY NEW FOODS
This is one of the most absurd of all misconceptions that I have ever heard. Now although black people have a deep-rooted history of delicious recipes and food traditions I can’t believe that we have been summed up to only like certain things. Jonelle, along with many other #blackfoodies and #blacktravelbloggers debunk this silly legend by sharing the amazing ways that food can change your life and food preference.
BLACK PEOPLE DON’T CAMP
Now, although outdoor adventures aren’t at the top of my list when I’m itemizing my travel adventures I definitely don’t mind sprinkling my itinerary with activities that will help me connect with nature. And Furo is no different. Here you can see that you don’t have to be a major outdoors fan to try something new. This photo along with a lot of content that you can find from accounts like @melaninbasecamp and many more show that you don’t have to sleep in a tent every night to enjoy the beauty of nature.
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This brown girl took her brown baby camping for the first time! . . The only outdoor activity I had ever done was drink on a patio. . . . 📸 @africanboheme #myvisualdiary #visualdiary #myvisualjournal #visualjournal #urbancampweekend #urbancamping #campingweekend #blackpeoplecamp #blackpeoplecamping #campingwhileblack #mommyandsongoals #brownmommy #mommyandsonmatching #matchingmommy #melaninjourney
BLACK PEOPLE DON’T SURF
One of the worlds that black people have yet to saturate but are slowly leaking into is the world of surfing. Nique, thanks to social media, has been able to shine her talents on a wet board and in our hearts. Dominique is ranked among the top 10 competitive stand up paddle surfers in the Association of Paddlesurf Professionals. In 2018 she ranked #5 in the world. Did yall read that, IN THE WORLD!! She also broke other barriers as a cross country athlete and an all-state lacrosse player. I mean, what can’t you do sis? Nothing, the answer is NOTHING!
BLACK PEOPLE DON’T HIKE
This outdoor god Brandon Belcher crumbles the misconception that black people don’t hike or climb. His Instagram is covered with myth busting proof that we can defy the odds. Brandon dedicates his social media to “showing you that there’s a better side to life.” I used to think I could climb. You know in the backyard tackling trees with my cousins. But Brandon seriously makes me want to go out and explore a different side of adventure. I see you king!
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Repost @mr.bigstrings – But I’m currently on the couch petting my cat . New training cycle starts this week. I’m praying that my contributions to the swole toll pay off because I’ve got some lofty goals this season 💪🏾 . 📷 @rewikstrom #noplacetoofar Tag #MelaninBaseCamp for a feature. Join the movement and #DiversifyOutdoors! Check out your favorite outdoor bloggers at MelaninBaseCamp.com and DiversifyOutdoors.com. [Image description is included]
BLACK PEOPLE DON’T BACKPACK
Chelsea shows us all that not only can black people backpack through the world but you can do it with kids! Now I can’t be the only checked bag shawty in the world so putting all of the things I need in a bag and taking off is one thing, but throwing little ones in the mix would be an insane adventure. But Chelsea does an amazing job of showing us that it can be done and you can have fun while doing it.
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First backpack, day 1. The best thing I could have done to prepare for this trip was refer to friends and family for help. I asked about a good local location with low miles, tips on packing and requested to borrow gear. I have no interest in spending a load of money and consuming things for an activity I was unsure of. Within weeks our plans became a reality and we were ready to hit the trail. After kissing the babies goodbye for a few nights and leaving Leavenworth we got to the trail head at 2pm and headed in. This trip was for me to try backpacking, but more so to celebrate 5 years with my husband doing something that could potentially draw us even closer. I loved signing our names on the registration board and seeing very few others for overnight camping. We started the trek (just 3 short miles in, which was chosen wisely for a first timer!) and immediately my hips began to ache. Like, my baby making part of my hips.. they were on fire. My body was like, what are we doing here? How did you gain so much more weight overnight? So, my pack was way too heavy going in. Everyone suggested to keep it under 30lbs, but canned wine was a priority 😂 I tightened up my @ospreypacks and made it so that the pack was higher up on my back and off my hips and kept moving. After that, I felt much better on trail. No hip pain and high hopes for seeing the lake. On the trail down to the lake we ran into a nice older lady hiking with her grandson! They gave us a “secret” to a sweet camping spot at Valhalla with its own toilet and lake access! We were stoked to have ran into them by chance, and for her to graciously share that info with us. Such a game changing moment! We checked out the lake and made camp! I set up the tent all on my own. We went in search for yummy water and found a frog at a great spot to fill our new @platypushydration gravity filter. Clutch piece of gear! After setting up a solid base camp we went back to the lake to fish, make dinner and enjoy that heavy canned wine! From preparation to actually hiking I got help from my tribe. Tag a friend you wanna backpack with soon!! 🏕
BLACK PEOPLE DON’T DO GHOST
I’ve seen this girl somewhere before 🤔. Oh wait, that’s me! I’ve always been a scaredy-cat. Like scared of thunder, lightning, loud noises, Freddy Krueger. ALL OF THAT! But when I heard about this ghost town right down the street from me I couldn’t pass it up. I prayed before I went and took the journey. If I’m going to live this life, I’m going to live it the bestest most funnest way I can. And that means quashing all of the barriers people place in front of me and in my head.
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𝐁𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐤 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐝𝐨𝐧’𝐭 𝐝𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭! Until they do 😉 I always grew up hearing some of these common phrases in the black community: “Black people don’t swim” “Black people don’t do ghost” “Black people don’t do hostels” “Black people don’t ski” “Don’t try new foods” “Black people Don’t try new foods” Black people don’t camp Black people don’t surf Black people don’t hike And for a long time I believed most of them. I mean, mostly these can be funny and sometimes feel completely true. BUT! They 👏🏾 are 👏🏾 FALSE!! 👏🏾 Black people can and DO IT ALL!! I recently debunked one IRL by traveling to a “ghost town” in the UAE. It was a unique and fun experience that I would’ve never experienced if I would’ve listened to the BS. Don’t worry, I saged, and called my mama for a prayer circle after 😂 but I did it because I can! Don’t let stereotypes define your adventures and limit the places you can explore and experience. What are some phrases you hear that black people don’t do in travel? Comment if you see one that you’ve done!! You can check out my story takeover with @tastemadetravel today to see how cool the trip to the ghost town was.
All of these dope men and women of color have set the stage for those who don’t yet know that the limit is limitless. I see you and I thank you for once again showing the WE CAN and WE DO!! You are amazing!
Drop some comments about adventures that you have taken that people said you couldn’t. Or leave the names of some of your favorite people who have. Share this article with your friends that need some motivation. Show them that what, WE CAN and WE DO!
And until next time,
TAKE THE WORLD