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Is Poland a safe country for people of color?


OP Przemos gurl 1 | 20
28 Oct 2009 #31
I read your comment about how you don't feel like you should have to deal with racism if you come here, but I think that is a little ignorant. The simple fact is that racism really exists everywhere in the world and you can't really pick and choose when you'll be a victim of it. But in Poland it's not as big a deal as people tend to make it out to be.

So im ignorant for thinking i should not have to deal with racism? Do you realize how ridiculous you sound right now? That is the most ignorant thing i have ever heard in my life. So what i should embrace it with open arms you think?

Yeah i know racism does exist everywhere. But fortunately i have not experienced it. And if i can avoid a place where i may experience, it doesnt make me a bad person or mean i am ignorant.

You know why i feel i should not have to deal with it? Because i am a nice person and treat everyone with respect, unless they have given me a reason not to.

Do not insult me by calling me ignorant, and then tell me to have a nice time.

@ Cheehaw

Awwww, thank you for the compliments:)

I am always on my best behavior when i am out of the US, because i am representing myself, black Americans and Americans in general. And i always dress as cute as can be:)

I am originally from Chicago, so i know all about how dangerous it is. I do not think it is really safe for anyone, but then again i am kind of a wuss .

Thank you so much for the kind words and reassuring me. Thanks to everyone else too XXX
Ajb 6 | 232
28 Oct 2009 #32
nd how long has he been there? Sounds too good to be realistic.

4 months... strangely enough he has brought quite a few pupils to our school!
OP Przemos gurl 1 | 20
28 Oct 2009 #33
If someone is green it is very safe .....there has been invasion of little green people some time ago but everything ended nicely.

Ha haa funny and amusing. Im serious right now and really am scared. But more than that i want to see my dude. So again thanks everyone.
Dice 15 | 452
28 Oct 2009 #34
Is Poland a safe country for people of color?

In a real life we are all "People Of Color", I am a "White" Polish-American, You are a "Black" African-American. In fact I am pink and you are brown. We all are of some kind of color.

In a perfect world it would make no difference, but in the real word you will get a lot of stares in Poland, but I think you will be safe. There will be a lot of staring, but much of it will be admiration and not disapproval. You are a pretty girl, so I'm sure you are used to that. Other then that, you will be fine.
OP Przemos gurl 1 | 20
28 Oct 2009 #35
Why thank you, you are so kind :) I just wanted to know what to expect and try to avoid some bad situations if i can. There are travel warnings for "brown" people going to Poland on the US travel, org gov or whatever site. I assumed if the US gov has warnings on the site it must be pretty serious. Nobody should blame me for being scared.
newhere2 - | 9
30 Oct 2009 #36
I'm originally from Chicago also... And I am black ,and I felt safer in Poland then I do in Chicago.
Senach 1 | 47
5 Nov 2009 #37
Przemos gurl

Grow up,this is Poland,not Bagdad,they may look at you as novelity,but nothing more.

You are more in danger being a USA passport holder than being dark,brown or Black.
scrappleton - | 829
5 Nov 2009 #38
You are more in danger being a USA passport holder

This guy is a clown but if you're American read this: Stay out of Europe; it's too dangerous.
Seanus 15 | 19,706
5 Nov 2009 #39
Hehehe, coming from the land of serial killers ;) ;)

I feel much safer in Poland than I would in most big cities in America. I want to see Miami one day and I'd need to watch my back. Not to mention Washington DC. Isn't it dubbed the murder capital of the world? Worse than Scotland's Glasgow.
newhere2 - | 9
8 Nov 2009 #40
Just don't stray off the beaten path and you'll be fine in most Big American cities.

The problems arise when you live there... depending on what side of town.

It seems as if some here are starting to characterize the states as cities where tourists are getting slaughtered by the thousands (Most of those people getting murdered in D.C. aren't tourist). That's not what I meant when I said I feel safer in Poland than in Chicago. I lived in Chicago, and not on the good side of town.

To those criticizing Przemos Gurl... Traveling to a new foreign country can be a scary thing, especially when the country is portrayed the way Poland is here... all most people here know about Poland is from the black and white war movies, and rumors of racism because there aren't many people of color living there. I can understand how that could give pause to someone.

To those that are getting indignant about it, put yourself in others shoes. Imagine a white person going to a 98% black country for the first time... How many questions would you ask first?
RevokeNice 15 | 1,859
8 Nov 2009 #41
To those that are getting indignant about it, put yourself in others shoes. Imagine a white person going to a 98% black country for the first time... How many questions would you ask first?

Suicide.
Bart1991 - | 5
8 Nov 2009 #42
"Is Poland a safe country for people of color?"
Im living in Poland since I was born, by now I can only tell that we are not as much xenophobic as most of ppl is thinkin.

Of course in each country u can find some violent, xenophobical, retard ... that may pose some threat, but now in most of Poland those are very rare scenes.

Dregs of society rarely comes out before sundown so don't worry ppl.

(sorry 4 language of mine ---> still learnin)

Peace
southern 75 | 7,096
8 Nov 2009 #43
In Poland people of color may get stared or beaten sometimes,in Russia they get killed.
Balikos 2 | 5
8 Nov 2009 #44
Hello there, i dont know if you are still planning to come to poland, but regardless, if some ppl are racists and others arent, big deal, come and see yourself and judge, take a risk. I think that you even looking onto a countries profile of racism is r...st. I am of african origins and i am living in poland. if you respect their cultural norms, they will respect you back. sure ppl will stare, and if i was a hot chick ppl will stare as well so, cut the deal and enjoy the visit here, and warsaw is a must, make sure to visit!!!

and newwhere2 a white person in 98% black country is a colonist, he ll feel confident (bad joke)
Bart1991 - | 5
10 Nov 2009 #45
southern
In Poland people of color may get stared or beaten sometimes,in Russia they get killed.

We are not speaking of safety in Russia, bsides that's a bad example.

Near my town in Lublin (wich is not considered very safe for ppl of color by most of my neighborhood) i know asiatic couple that lives there since 2001 r. and I have never heard from them complaining about any racist behaviors from poles... oh beside bad "grramma-like" jokes (but in most situations like that they start to laugh too).

If you are xenophobic yourself, then don't find it strange that u will attract other xenophobical ppl and find racist behaviors everywhere.

Give respect - receive respect.
vetala - | 382
10 Nov 2009 #46
Is Poland a safe country for people of color?

No. We eat their babies.
SeanBM 35 | 5,808
10 Nov 2009 #47
Is Poland a safe country for people of color?

It is easier for divers to see you if you are not transparent.
krysia 23 | 3,058
10 Nov 2009 #48
Is Poland a safe country for people of color?

Depends where you are. I wouldn't go to bars in Poland if you look different. When they get drunk, they attack people who look and act different.

Some older, uneducated babas with missing teeth might mumble : "o rany, murzyn idzie, uciekajmy bo nas zgwałci"
Otherwise it's safe.
salsa 2 | 11
10 Nov 2009 #49
Newhere2 you cleared my head as well. I am african american from NYC and my husband originally from Chicago we decided to have our wedding in Poznan because his mother cannot fly to the states due to medical reasons. At first I was okay with it but then I was having second thoughts because I was wondering if I would be safe being a person of color in poland after reading this I feel safer, but i am a New Yorker so i will watch my back lol
newhere2 - | 9
13 Nov 2009 #50
Salsa Poznan is awesome! That is a larger city also so I never get as many stares there. Be sure to go to the Galeria, I wish we had malls like that here! Congrats and good luck!

To krysia: you are correct about the bars, I would never go alone. It's never been to bad for me because I go with group. And the folks I go with know most of the people there.

Bart1991: I have been to Lubin, that's a great city, never had a problem, only stares.
delphiandomine 88 | 18,454
14 Nov 2009 #51
Poznan is very safe for someone of colour - there's a couple of neighbourhoods where it wouldn't be wise to walk alone after dark, but in the whole, no-one's going to bat an eyelid. You definitely won't hear any of the mindless crap that you might hear in economically run-down Eastern towns/villages - we're used to foreigners here :)
newhere2 - | 9
14 Nov 2009 #52
Old Town Poznan is a nice place also. I love the old colorful buildings and the vendors along the street.
salsa 2 | 11
15 Nov 2009 #53
Great, thanks!
OP Przemos gurl 1 | 20
19 Nov 2009 #54
Grow up,this is Poland,not Bagdad,they may look at you as novelity,but nothing more.

You are more in danger being a USA passport holder than being dark,brown or Black.

So im immature and need to grow up because im concerned for my safety? Im immature because i called the Polish Embassy and the officers working there told me i might not be safe? I need to grow up, because i actually took the time to ask people who had actually been to Poland what they think? Im immature because on the USGov travel site there are travel warnings for US citizens of non European decent who plan on going to Poland? You do realize im a human being and after hearing all these things its only natural to feel this way, dont you? Or maybe its you who has some growing up to do if you dont understand human nature at this age.
krysia 23 | 3,058
19 Nov 2009 #55
When people come here with questions different people will give you different answers. Some you might not like but that's what happens when you ask on here. You have opinions of different people from different walks of life who experienced different things so don't let it bother you if someone says you're immature because you are not. You just wanted to know. People who call other people names are immature themselves if they cannot answer a simple question.
OP Przemos gurl 1 | 20
19 Nov 2009 #56
Wow vetala. That was so funny, i fogot to laugh. You know what....I think you might actually be the first person to use sarcasm in that manner. How very brilliant of you. How quick witted and marvelous. That was so cool and funny. I wish i could be so amazingly cool and funny like you. Whats it like to be so amazingly cool and funny? Enlighten me with some more of your unique, cutting edge humor....You know what, at first i actually thought you might really eat my baby... hahaa. Thought it was like some special Polish dish or something. I can be kinda slow sometimes. But then i realized you were actually trying lighten my sprits with some fresh, creative humor and i just laughed all my fears away. Thank you so very much vetala. Thank you!

krysia, I truly thank you for your kind words:) Dziękuję. And also i thank you for being honestly in your first post. i dont know why people are getting offended that i am scared to go to Poland. There are a lot of countries im afraid to go to. I dont think im wrong for that.
Prusakowski - | 25
19 Nov 2009 #58
As in the rest of Europe, colonisation by 'Czarnucks' ("people of color") is not popular with the ordinary citizen.
jonni 16 | 2,485
19 Nov 2009 #59
As in the rest of Europe

So you're an EU spokesman on cultural and ethnic integration are you?

Remember a lot of Europeans are people of colour.
enkidu 7 | 623
19 Nov 2009 #60
If you are prepared to treat our country and customs with respect, we are prepared to do the same for you. This is that simple. Our customs are not very restrictive. Just try to act... decent ( however you understand this term).

Accusing our country of being racist is just... racist. This is just prejudice. I hope, you agree.


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