This is all some ripe bullshit. Passports just launder all the world’s racism into barcodes and stamps, making it look all legal and polite, when in fact they have no formal basis in international law. Passports just sprung up in an unregulated way during the wars and remained imposed on the colonies because racism.
Indi.ca is surely one of the most insightful, original writers on Medium... grateful for another wonderfully informative and well-articulated analysis of how prevalent white racism and entitlement is and how deeply rooted into practices that have become normalised ways of disguising inequality, pitting individual people of colour against the instruments of state power.
I have a U.K passport and I am person of Indian heritage. Guess who got woken up during the overnight journey by coach, from Greece to Bulgaria? Only me. All the rest of the passengers (white, Eastern European or Western European) looked on with various degrees of curiosity. Some were clearly wondering why they were being delayed on their journey.
After some sort of Interpol check, I was allowed back on the coach and the journey resumed.
Indeed, passports are an exercise in disorientation and humiliation, the underlying purpose being, control of people of colour, whatever passport we might hold!