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White People Asking Questions is a series where White people submit questions and they are posed anonymously to the public for a 24-hour period and are answered anonymously.

Often times White people have questions about themselves, People Of Color (POCs), or awkward situations, but are afraid to ask them due to valid emotional reactions from the public. On the other hand, POCs get asked these questions everyday and are burdened with the emotional labor of constantly explaining the same concept to people that will never relate because it is not their experience.

But just because you can’t relate doesn’t mean you don’t want to learn and do something about it. Amirite? As Angela Davis said, “You have to be intentionally and actively anti-racist.”

Therefore, this series is having the conversation on how White People can be ACTIVE in dismantling racist systems and not passively watching. What is unique, though, is this series is set up to be answered primarily BY White People FOR White People to teach each other about their privileges.

POCs are always welcome to participate in dialogue, but this also creates a space for POCs to watch White People do the work in educating each other. Many times our communities are so disconnected that we don’t know the conversations happening amongst other communities. This is also meant as a resource for POCs to direct White People to for difficult concepts.

How Not To Travel Like A Basic Bitch wants to acknowledge and thank everyone who took on the emotional labor of sending in these responses. We include all responses that are directly relevant to answering the question. We don’t filter or edit, but we do correct spelling and grammatical errors. Highlighted in red at the bottom is the takeaway of the discussion.


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I am White but my DNA test says I have African ancestry. Does that make me Black?
Is using the word 'Tribe' or 'Spirit Animal' offensive to Native Americans?
Can I Wear A Head Wrap Even If I'm Not Black?
Can I Tattoo La Catrina If I'm Not Mexican, But My Parents Live In Mexico?
How Do I Celebrate Thanksgiving In A Way That Is Not Offensive To Native Americans?
If I Buy Native American Jewelry, Am I Appropriating?
Is There A Way To Do A Slum Tour Without Being Exploitative?
Is There An Inoffensive Way To Own A Dream Catcher?
How Can I Be An Ally To Asian Women When Men Fetishize Them?
Is There A Respectful Way To Practice Yoga?
Is It Okay To Give Your Kids Native Names If You're Not Native?
How To Ask About Arranged Marriages Without Being Offensive
Is It Racist To Say Traveling To A Country Is "Dangerous"?
How Can I Travel To Africa Without Being A White Savior?
Can I Celebrate Juneteenth If I'm white?

To submit a question, go to How Not To Travel Like A Basic Bitch and submit a question in DM or email kiona@hownottotravellikeabasicbitch.com.

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