You think celebrities and people of historical significance may be atypical of how your average traveler may be perceived.
When I talk about celebrities, I don't mean people who were celebrities at the time they reported on their experiences abroad. For example, Colin Powell was only a lieutenant when he was stationed in Germany in the early 1960's, so I doubt that he got the Beatles treatment. Read his autobiography and check out his recollection of his experiences in Europe and compare that to his experiences in the U.S. at about the same time, especially when he was stationed at Fort Benning. Obviously it would be of no use to talk about the experiences of folks like Halle Berry or Michael Jordan.
I base this on my experience travelling, experience with how US troops are treated by local nationals, and opinions of foreigners who hav shared their views on race.
Since you're not Black, how can your experience shed any light on this subject? I base my experience on myself and my siblings (we've all had ample opportunity to travel abroad on multiple occasions), my parents (they both lived in Europe for four years in the 1960's and my mother lived in Europe for seven years in the 1990's), about a dozen relatives and two dozen friends and associates, not to mention several history books and documentaries that talk about the experience of Black soldiers overseas. I have a friend who when she took her first trip to Europe, called home from Paris and told her parents to send her stuff because she wasn't coming home, and she hadn't met some guy either. Read the "Secret Information Concerning Black American Troops" to see what the U.S. government thought about this issue.
That is pretty much what I said. Places where a negro is novel may not have any preconceived opinions.
Then I misunderstood you. I thought you were implying that there was something unique about Black folks that invited scorn from non-Blacks after getting to know them. I agree with the larger point.
His experience may have been very unique, The Japanese are very racist and blacks are pretty much at the bottom of the racial heap.
Perhaps the civil rights advocates have a reason to boast about thier acceptance overseas to help thier argumetns about racism here? No doubt there are segments of Europe that are fond of Negores, and I submit they are largely not dealing with the dysfunction but the celeberities and personalites.
Europeans probably encounter a lot more Black servicemen stationed at military bases all over Europe than they do with entertainers and athletes. Given our country's history, I don't understand why it's so hard to accept there may be places on this planet when there is more racial tolerance than there is in the U.S.? Why do you presume that Blacks who say these things must have an agenda? Certainly you wouldn't question the motives of a Palestinian or a Kurd who reported that there was more religious and ethnic tolerance when they traveled abroad than at home.