USA TODAY: 'I'm leaving, and I'm just not coming back': Fed up with racism, Black Americans head overseas

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"Our racism isn't as lethal as yours," said Gary Younge, a professor of sociology at Manchester University in England. Younge, 51, who is Black, spent more than a decade asThe Guardian newspaper's U.S. correspondent. 

"In Britain, I don't generally walk around thinking I might get killed, whereas in America, in some places, that's not always the case," he said.

Younge attributed this disparity to the availability in the USA of guns.

Asked whether Black people should confront racism at home, rather than leave, he said, "Why shouldn't they just live? If a white person leaves America and goes somewhere for work or better opportunities, no one would say to them they need to stay and fight for racial equality. Black people have a double burden of being discriminated against and having to stick around."

Period1 Jul 2020

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  • Title'I'm leaving, and I'm just not coming back': Fed up with racism, Black Americans head overseas
    Media name/outletUSA Today
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    Date1/07/20
    Description"Our racism isn't as lethal as yours," said Gary Younge, a professor of sociology at Manchester University in England. Younge, 51, who is Black, spent more than a decade as The Guardian newspaper's U.S. correspondent.

    "In Britain, I don't generally walk around thinking I might get killed, whereas in America, in some places, that's not always the case," he said.

    Younge attributed this disparity to the availability in the USA of guns.

    Asked whether Black people should confront racism at home, rather than leave, he said, "Why shouldn't they just live? If a white person leaves America and goes somewhere for work or better opportunities, no one would say to them they need to stay and fight for racial equality. Black people have a double burden of being discriminated against and having to stick around."
    URLhttps://eu.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2020/06/26/blaxit-black-americans-leave-us-escape-racism-build-lives-abroad/3234129001/
    PersonsGary Younge

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  • racism
  • US politics