Sirrita Darby: #roadtodecolonizingtravelculture
THIS WEEK'S TRAILBLAZER IS SOCIAL JUSTICE EDUCATOR & DREAM MANIFESTOR, SIRRITA DARBY.
READ ON TO LEARN ABOUT SIRRITA'S PERSONAL JOURNEY:
KEEP UP WITH SIRRITA ON HER #ROADTODECOLONIZINGTRAVELCULTURE:
instagram handle: @wanderlust.revolution
twitter handle: @wanderlustrev_
site/blog link: wanderlustrevolution.org
1. WHAT DO YOU WANT US TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR JOURNEY, AND WHEN DID YOU DECIDE ON YOUR DESTINATION?
In the United States of Amerikka, where the movement of black bodies is seen as a threat, I believe that traveling is literally a revolutionary act. I decided to embark on this journey almost 10 months ago in January when I saw a need for people of color to be appropriately represented in travel culture.
The greatest lessons I was ever taught have been on my journeys around the world, which is why I believe traveling is the best form of education and one of the most powerful forms of resistance. Since then, I have developed a blog as well as a Passport Support Foundation, in hopes of decolonizing travel culture & normalizing travel amongst people of color.
2. WHAT HAVE BEEN SOME HIGHLIGHTS ON YOUR #ROADTODECOLONIZINGTRAVELCULTURE?
My highlights from my revolution have been developing our Passport Support Foundation to help other young people of color from Detroit travel and being immersed in many different cultures on my journeys around the world. On a goal to visit all 195 sovereign nations in the next 10 years, I have already been able to indulge in many cultures, check perceived travel culture and address the special touch of white supremacy that I believe resides in every nation.
Across all 7 continents, white supremacy can be felt, it can be heard and it definitely can be seen. Being able to address this in a more subtle but definitely much more impactful way has been one of my most coveted accomplishments. I also have been able to spread a little bit of my passion for educating our diasporic youth and helping us all reach financial freedom in our current economic times. I have documented my journeys, shared my tips & hopefully encouraged others to began their own revolutionary journeys.
3. WHAT ROADBLOCKS HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED, AND WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED FROM THEM?
One of my roadblocks has been trying to combat classist ideologies of those who believe that anybody, regardless of race or class, can travel the world if they make a few slight changes in priorities. Let's not forget that there have been very real obstacles put in place to prevent people of color from attaining any sort of wealth, generational or otherwise. It costs money to travel, and no, if I'm living in abject poverty, there's no saving my way out of it.
This is why Wanderlust Revolution is so important. If I can put a passport in several people of colors' hands every year, then I feel like I have played a rather small part in aiding in this lifelong journey to dismantle systems of oppression. My goal helping other people of color navigate foreign spaces where people who look like us may not frequent (or even be welcomed) is to try to battle these systems of oppression that we are exposed to on our travels while simultaneously learning about other cultures and not combating ignorance with ignorance.
4. WHAT RESOURCES DO YOU RECOMMEND TO THE REST OF THE #ROADTO_ COMMUNITY AS THEY TRAVERSE THEIR OWN PATHS?
As you traverse your own paths, remember to be true to yourself. Dismantling systems of oppression in any avenue should be on everyone's list of things to do. Furthermore, utilize these resources to find cheap travel and become apart of The Wanderlust Revolution Movement:
apply to receive international medical insurance products using IMG
- rent welcoming and affordable places in 130+ countries around the world
- "How I Started Traveling the World" by Gloria Atanmo (book)
5. IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE YOUR #ROADTO_ COMMUNITY TO KNOW?
your movement is a part of the movement!