Morgan Jerkins: "Traveling While Black"
Is there any place where a black person can just be herself? Three contributors to the collection Traveling While Black — Mateo Askaripour, Jamilah Lemieux, and collection editor Morgan Jerkins — read their stories on their adventures (and disturbances) while making their way across the country and globe. Of course, traveling is a luxury, and it can sound strange to complain about the time you spent in Europe or boarding with your first class ticket. But when you’ve fought through a rigged system to have access to a wider world, it’s a slap in the face to hear that you’re still not good enough. This three writers reckon with this double bind on this episode. After hearing three stories, host Kara Brown chats with Jerkins about putting the collection together, Roxane Gay's influence, and the most black-friendly travel destination.