Ever think about how the wonders of the world were built? From the Pyramids to Stonehenge to Machu Picchu, individuals have come together to create something great that only could be achieved through a shared vision and collaborative effort. Each person had a special role to play in the construction of these amazing monuments that have stood the test of time and continue to attract travelers from all over the world. This principle still stands even in the digital age and ever more so in the time of Trump.
We’ve created MELANIN MAJORITY to empower globetrotters to show up to their destinations UNAPOLOGETICALLY MELANATED by showcasing diverse perspectives & experiences of melanated travelers throughout the world. Ultimately, our goal is not to steal anyone’s shine, but to build a coalition of contributors & through curating and cross-posting inspiring & insightful content that can empower melanated travelers & wanderlusts to get out there and explore the world. Many websites have been successful adopting this model; we’re not reinventing the wheel here.
Throughout history, melanated people have had to unify to overcome immense challenges from the struggle for civil rights to combating police brutality. It’s been through building coalitions NOT adopting a crab-in-the-bucket mentality that progress has been achieved. In light of Trump’s presidency which had resorted to divide-and-conquer tactics and appointment of known white supremacists to his cabinet, it’s now imperative more than ever for melanated people to put their egos aside and be vigilant in supporting each others’ efforts as well as build together.
How can we accomplish this? By first and foremost, establishing a code of conduct. We’re all human and have differences of experience and opinion; however it is through communicating effectively in public (which means NOT humiliating or tearing one another down, particularly on social media) that we can achieve our respective goals. This boils down to expressing mutual respect & appreciation.
If you have a question, comment, or concern it can be much more effective to take the conversation offline, instead of airing grievances publicly i.e. on Twitter (like the president does). We can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is how real leaders operate. Think back to what would president Obama do?
As for etiquette, no one owns the internet and this goes for sharing content and giving credit where credit is due. Melanated people have long had to adopt the philosophy that it’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission. Through cross-posting, back-linking & sharing content, our aim is to not only bring more awareness and visibility to the Black Travel Movement, but also build an online network, so we ALL can thrive. Success isn’t reserved for a select few. There is room for everyone to shine, and when we do so together, we can light up the world.
On that note, we’re looking for melanated travelers to share their travel stories with us whether it’s stories or blog posts, photos/visuals, videos/vlogs, DJ mixes or products. If you have a trip, retreat or service that caters to melanated travelers, send it our way. Head over to our Contribute page & fill out the form to share.
We would like to see the Black travel space continue to grow & become increasingly interconnected until we’re 1 billion strong. This is about building together, so we can’t do it without YOU.
WILL YOU JOIN US?
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