In what could be argued as a historical twist of fate, several countries have released travel warnings to those wishing to visit the United States in the wake of its widespread occurrence of police brutality. Traditionally, America has been the one to issue travel warnings for other countries undergoing extremely destabilizing violence and political unrest.
The Bahamas issued this statement on July 8, as reported by Think Progress:
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration has taken a note of the recent tensions in some American cities over shootings of young black males by police officers,” the statement read. “We wish to advise all Bahamians traveling to the US but especially to the affected cities to exercise appropriate caution generally. In particular young males are asked to exercise extreme caution in affected cities in their interactions with the police. Do not be confrontational and cooperate.”
The United Arab Emirates instructed nationals to stay away from “planned demonstrations and protests occurring in cities in the United States and to avoid crowded places when possible,” in a special alert issued to students, parents, and citizens.
Bahrain followed suit, by cautioning people to be wary “of protests or crowded areas occurring around the US” on social media platforms, which is particularly revealing, as the country is considered an American ally, but is suffering tensions after being accused of having a ““horrible human rights track record”, according to the United States.
New Zealand also cautioned its citizens to be wary of political activity and unrest.
In an interview with RT, political cartoonist Ted Rall says that the warnings are something to make the United States particularly ashamed of:
“Well, it is ironic. The US is usually the kind of nation that likes to tell other countries what to do and it is usually in the position of issuing travel advisories to its skittish citizens, telling them not to travel overseas. And not for the first time in recent years you have the US on the wrong side of this situation internationally. And now countries like the Bahamas are advising their citizens to take caution when travelling to the US, particularly if they are black. Frankly, I have to say I think the warnings are valid. I mean, you do take a chance whenever you interact with law enforcement in the US, whether you are American or a tourist, so, I think it is not a bad thing for foreign governments to do this. But obviously, it is shameful for the US governments to do this. But obviously, it is shameful for the US.”