Walking While Black
Joy Jamaica Record
“Walking while black restricts the experience of walking, renders inaccessible the classic romantic experience of walking alone.”
-Garnette Cadogan, 2016
The mundane act of flaneuring has gained popularity in times of lockdown. For many, going for a walk was the main outlet to prevent oneself from going mad, being trapped in the same four walls day in and day out. But does everyone reap the benefits of walking and how, if at all, do peoples experiences differ? Specifically, how do black people experience flaneuring? In the following work, black people living in Europe speak about their experience with flaneuring and about public life in a predominantly white society.