white people love to take vacations where they can pretend to be settler colonizers for a few days without examining why they feel comfortable lazing around and being waited on by non-white staff, in a place specifically taken from indigenous people andd terraformed to suit their delicate, paper thin skin
white people can have a little settler colonial fantasy, as a treat :)
i actually don't know enough about this to say whether or not boycotting would be effective or harmful to the people that are now forced to rely on working in the tourism industry, but i can say that if you do take a vacation like this, try to take some time to patron local businesses. be especially aware of cleaning up after yourself, respect the land (don't climb on sacred sites, shit head). be kind. and tip the staff generously in cash and dont report it lmao
@popstar yeah... I went on a vacation like this once and I was dissociating and moody the entire time because of it which I think may be related to why my friend who invited me on his like dream vacation hasn't talked to me since? haha
@hope ooof. yeah i have some white friends that got mad when i pointed this out when they were planning their trip to the Caribbean lmao
@popstar we were literally in like an airbnb overlooking rice fields cause they weren't into being cooped up in a resort, but were cool with the palatial feel and house staff there. Also when I realized the elephant thing he was planning was not some native elephant (none on that island) sanctuary but a white managed tourist elephant park deal with super low paid indigenous staff and I couldn't make myself say anything because this was his most special plan.
@popstar he also was pretty annoyed whenever I was asking people about how much like they made, and how much things cost there and all that, as I was slowly piecing together the way capitalism had completely turned their local economy into just tourism, made them dependent on it, and they just live off the scraps the mostly white australian tourists bring. It was really a lot and it was shortly after I really started digging deep into leftism for the first time. Feels bad.jpg
@popstar in retrospect I wish I was bolder in being like this shit stinks at the time, but always a process of unlearning whiteness + civility :(
@hope yeah, no, i totally get it. there's so many places i want to visit, but i need to figure out how to do so ethically and not bring in more harm. i started seeing it the first time we went to a different part of mexico where we dont have family and it was really just heartbreaking.
@popstar oof I bet that especially hits hard when it's your people
@hope yeah. its also when i started to understand the intersection of colorism going on, because yknow I never would have been mistaken for a worker there, i'm too pale. i look a certain way. like we ended up leaving the hotel to rent someone's cabin because it just felt soul sucking to stay there, so we took care of ourselves and almost went broke giving tips. its just. yeah. its hard. like thats my family.
@popstar I'm in this and I don't like it.
@popstar I came across an analysis of this recently that mainly said that resorts have little lasting positive effect on local economies (they were being compared to extractive industries like fracking, which also do nothing positive). The income they provide locals is good in the short term but if there are not locally owned economic institutions for folks to spend or save it in it just flows out, just like the resort's profits.
Still hard to say though, because that income isn't changing anyone's communities for the better but it might be keeping them fed and housed on the day to day...
@Awizadofearthsea Yeah, exactly. So unless the people themselves call for a boycott or something, I won't say what is or isn't right on that sort of scale. Its not my place. Like ripping away someone's daily income for your moral superiority isnt praxis yo
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