Being dark skinned in each of the 11 worst countries for black people to travel is surely going to affect your experience in a way you would think was left somewhere two centuries ago. However, these places still exist. You will, of course, find a lot of similarities between this list and our list of the 10 most racist countries in the world due to obvious reasons. However, if you haven’t taken a look at that list yet, you might be taken by surprise by some of the entries which seem highly unlikely just because the people in these countries have darker skin too.
Alas, bigotry and ignorance know no race and age so you can have all sorts of people discriminating against people of African descent. Racism and discrimination of all types against these people have been a problem for a long, long time, long before people had even traveled the world. The earliest known mention of dark skin as a negative attribute of a human being is probably the Babylonian Talmud, where the authors describe dark skin as a punishment from the creator of humans for a sinful man named Ham. Although the theory that Ham and his offsprings were used as an explanation for black people in ancient times, there is speculation that in the original text, black skin was the punishment only to Ham himself and not his whole lineage. Other theories suggested that the strong sun in certain regions of the world affected human semen and thus the offsprings of people who live there. However, it was long before the racism we know today had started to develop. While in the ancient and into the medieval times discrimination was aimed towards people from other countries or social classes and any other separate group of people, it was never due to the color of their skin. The racism against black people we know today holds its roots deep back to the enslaving of masses of them. This, combined with the following poor education and high rates of criminal activity that the type of life they were forced into had for them after their liberation and even the events that unfolded during World War II, all contributed to the discrimination we see to this day.
Racism is a serious, morbid problem which we need to do our best about, unlike these eleven countries. Let’s take a look at them.
Yes, the land of the free is still not quite as free in their mindset as expected. Generally racism is on the decline in the USA but there are certain places in the country, especially in the south, where even a tourist could find trouble with the locals.
10. United Kingdom
The UK has a large number of immigrants of all races swarming in at any point, looking for a better life. London has quite a substantial population of black people, yet there are places even in London itself where dark skinned people are not welcome.
Indonesian people are thought to be among some of the most racist worldwide. Darker-skinned tourists there could expect to meet with an array of unethical situations regarding their color.
Japan is a prime example of a well-developed country which, however, does not excel in widely accepting black people as normal members of society for one reason or another. While in the more urban areas of Japan you might not encounter much racial bias, the more rural areas are quite different.
Australians have been known to be quite unethical about black people and that is especially to their own native aboriginal people. Treated with little respect and a bad attitude, black people in certain parts of Australia might not be presented with quite the warm welcome.
Turkey is known to be one of the more averagely racist towards any people of another race, be it black, Asian or anything else. White tourists there will surely get a better attitude and treatment than their black brothers and sisters.
5. South Korea
The people of South Korea are also known to be especially racist, even towards other Asian people. Black tourists there will receive a lot of attention, albeit not always of the good type.
Germany may have long left behind the doctrines of Nazism and made all the effort to ban and outlaw them but a considerable portion of its people still hasn’t. Beware of the widespread skinhead movement there if you have darker skin.
Russia is one of the most sexist, homophobic and racist countries in the world. Black people there can not only become victims of street gangs and skinheads looking for a random fight but also might find getting help from the law enforcement difficult.
Jordan takes the second place by being close to carrying the name of the most racist country in the world and certainly the second worst country for black people to travel to. You could expect the color of your skin to cause you all sorts of trouble there.
India takes the first spot on the list of the 11 worst countries for black people to travel with their horrible attitude towards black people. Indians are taught to worship the white tourists and offer them their best, while black tourists can get a scoff at best.