About Brown Passport
Being an Image maker (photography & video) & hosting a photography/video travel blog (Sammys Passort) I 'get out there' quite often. Every time I leave the Unites States, let alone everytime I leave my town, I learn something new. What I don't see enough are black/brown (Western, especially American) faces backpacking, hiking, camping diving or trekking around the globe. I know quite a few, yet every time I take a trip, I seem to be the only one, or surprised when I run into 'another'. That is SLOWLY changing, and someday we will all see just as many shades of brown western traveling faces as we see of everyone else.
My first passport stamp was to Ireland (why not, I'm 1/4 Irish---Sweeney in fact). I was treated as someone special. People looked at me but not in a way to assume I was poor, assume I listened to hip hop or 'spoke jive (yes a fellow American once asked me that), no. In fact, I was treated as an "American" not a 'Brown American'. Even years later when traveling in Hawaii, I was perceived as a 'Haole' ('white person or NON native Hawaiian'). This may sound obvious, but for someone experiencing this for the first time, coming from a culture where you are singled out and expected to act, or be a certain way can be eye opening (understatement).
The name is of obvious reference, but also inspired by the actual US brown passport. If you are an 'official' with United States citizenship, you are issued in fact, a Brown Passport. Since there are so few Brown Westerners traveling the globe in comparison to their cohorts of (primarily) Northern european descent, I feel as though being brown we can be ambassadors to the world regarding insight on race relations.