‘I Felt Safer Being Alone There Than I Do In The States Most Of The Time’
America is more divided than ever. Vegans are hung up for dreadlock etiquette, while “carnivore dieters” vie for their right to stockpiles of weapons that would make Saddam Hussein blush.
That means nothing from the rabid Trump supporters who launched an “assault on freedom” (as Joe Biden called it) this morning that is storming the United States Capitol to stop the certification of the president-elect. This led to the evacuation of the US Senate and House of Representatives, with “the US capital descending[ing] After a massive security breach, a lot of rioters got into chaos to enter the supposedly fortified complex, smash windows and get to the Senate, ”reports the Sydney Morning Herald. You continue:
“Trump posted a video on Twitter urging protesters to go home, but also reiterating false claims that the elections were stolen, which inspired his supporters to storm the Capitol.”
“Biden urged Trump to call for an end to the ‘uprising’ on national television.”
In response to the news, travel blogger Valerie Joy (founder of Trusted Travel Girl) posted the following comment on Twitter and Instagram.
“The next time you tell me to be afraid to visit another country that you don’t know about, please replay a tape from the coup attempt in America today.
Thank you goodbye. “
The statement highlights a double standard shared by many Americans – the tendency to forgive or downplay the dangers of your own culture or country (or those you grew up in).
To some extent this is understandable. It is the fear of the unknown versus the numbness of everyday horrors. You will eventually get hurt to stuff. Anyway, it’s worth thinking about it more carefully.
The statement was well received by Instagram users around the world, with several providing their own experiences with the same phenomenon.
One commenter recounted how her mother criticized her decision to travel to countries like Cambodia and Tanzania in 2018-19 for allegedly “dangerous” but not opening an eyelid on her trip to the United States:
“The number of people who feared for my life when I lived in Cambodia was unprecedented. I felt safer there most of the time than in the US. “
Others weighed in with similar comments: “If I saw this in any other country I would be shocked,” one wrote. Another put it more succinctly: “This is embarrassing for our ‘democracy’.”
It also happens in a context where Americans are often warned not to travel to dangerous areas of their own country, such as the La Perla neighborhood in San Juan, the Puerto Rican capital.
Prior to today’s events, travel blogger Nomadic Matt had already encouraged professional globetrotters to look at the bigger picture once international travel resumed – a sentiment that Valerie Joy and many other bloggers have since retweeted.
When we can all travel far again, I hope we treat travel destinations and cultures with the depth and specialty they deserve, and not just as random backdrops for Instagram photos.
– Nomadic Matt (@nomadicmatt) January 5, 2021
Joe Biden will be inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States on Wednesday, January 20.