The practical, not the political, was certainly the driving force for Weaver when she founded Black Girl Travel.The company, which was originally named Bella Italia before expanding to other countries, arranges tours for groups ranging from fewer than 10 to over 70.
But I am also a European Union citizen, born in Hungary to a Hungarian mother and Nigerian father, and my optimism was tempered by the reality of my experiences living and traveling in Europe, experiences that taught me I was both Other and object.
As much as I wanted to believe in sites that told me differently — that men across the pond were just waiting for my arrival — I felt like I also knew better.
We specialize in bringing together singles who want to date different races.
At first glance, Black Girl Travel seems to be like any other American international travel club, just one that caters exclusively to black women.
Because it assumes all black women are heterosexual, this figure can't accurately convey the number of single black women seeking a male partner.
But black men are more than twice as likely than black women to marry outside their race, perhaps because stereotypes about black men and sexuality increase their desirability — while comparable parallels aren't often available to black women. ' I love my black kings, I'm holding it down!But buried toward the bottom of its About Us page is a fuzzy You Tube video that indicates a wider problem.The video is a defense of the company — directed at "haters" who have criticized Black Girl Travel for encouraging black women to date men in other countries."The heart of what we do is about empowering African-American women with options," says Fleacé Weaver, founder of Black Girl Travel, in the clip.Slapstick mammies made exultant, toothy-grinned claims on the screens of early 20th-century cinema, their large and lumbering figures merely vehicles for laughs.And black female sexuality has often only been portrayed in its most grotesque and sensational forms, those of Hottentot Venuses or conniving jezebels.She's a former Los Angeles socialite who ran a once-popular site for affluent African-American Angelenos: