I'm quite over the situation here in the US. I feel like as an educated black woman, I am not afforded a normal life socially as a woman (I don't think we are in the same situation as educated black men here at all), and I'd like to leave. I've lived in and traveled to several different countries and been around enough different folks to figure out that I can't deal with conservative cultures as far as gender roles and sexism is concerned even if they are slightly better as far as race is concerned (so that puts out the Caribbean and Africa) nor can I deal with the post-slavery/post-colonial context that both blacks and whites and other groups exist in here in the US i.e. the residual internalized racism and racism… so I guess that puts out Latin America too. God knows Eastern Europe is known for its racism. Also, I've heard that France, Italy, and Spain can be quite difficult at times as well. Please spare me any sermons about over-generalizations; I really don't have time for it because we all know that things that occur commonly in cultures have a real effect on a person's life. So, where should I go? Belgium, Sweden, England, Finland, Switzerland etc.? I've heard really good things about Northern Europe as far as race is concerned and they are way liberal in comparison to here in the US so I think the gender thing should be covered there too. HELP PLEASE Any suggestions are much appreciated
By the way, I've already been living abroad for three years. So, I'm quite serious about this. Language won't be a major obstacle for me. I just came back this year in order to do post graduate study, and afterwards hopefully…I'm off once again
By the way, the only thing that I think that makes me unique from other educated black women is that I'm willing to actually do something about the situation as opposed to just sitting here and settle for less than what I deserve. And the fact that I don't feel strong ties to any one place in the US. Hey, if "better" is not out there, then it's not out there, but hell, at least I'll go down swingin like a true fighter LOL!!!
I am also a black American woman who has traveled a lot, and I positively LOVE Europe. Of course its not perfect, but when I was there and walked the streets, not being judged by my skin was liberating. My husband and I have been all over, and here are some cities/countries I recommend and why:
1) Barcelona, Spain I know people think Spaniards are racist, not true. Love the architecture, the food, the siesta, the people and their laid back style and zest for life. I also know Americans who got work there teaching english. Con: they smoke alot over there.
2) Bern, Switzerland Absolutely beautiful, in the Swiss alps, very clean, saw a lot of blacks with professional jobs there. Con: not as diverse as other cities, but up and coming
3)Brussels, Belguim LOVE the architecture, the food is awesome, very clean, very diverse, Con: weather can be dreary sometimes.
Hope that helps!!