Middle-Eastern Background, Would I have problems Hitchhiking the west coast? (1 Viewer)

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I'm a 23 male, going to hitchhike from Seattle to Mexico, but I was wondering, would I have any problems because of my race, from either getting picked up or problems with racism? My parents are from the middle east, and I have similar skin tone to a latino, but I was born and raised in Canada. I'm not big, I am 5'9 and weigh 140lbs. I have a little facial hair, but not a full beard, if that matters.

I never thought much about this, but this American I met told me to be cautious of rural areas and that they carry guns and recommended that I Hitchhiked with a girl... Not sure if he said it because of my race or because of hitchhiking in general.

English is my native tongue, so I could pretend I'm Latino or Native and give a false name, but would those races be subject to similar racism?
 
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i can't speak to your question 100% since im a white guy, but the west coast tends to be much more friendly in terms of race relations and ease of hitchhiking than say, the deep south. so i think you'll be fine, just take the usual precautions.

my advice is to hitch as much of the 101 and coastway as possible, since the I-5 highway is both boring in terms of scenery and harder to hitchhike since you can't walk on the freeway (unless you're in oregon).
 

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Im brown im latina most people think im native or middle eastern I havent faced problems with other people or getting rides while traveling or hitch hiking because of my race that i can think of right now

the only problems i can remember having is racism from cops and the courts

i think the route from mex to seattle is a pretty friendly chill route ive done it and was very confused by how friendly everyone was im from the east coast so it felt like a completely different world , to me anyways Haha
 
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Perfect, I was starting to doubt my trip, but I'm feeling reassured now. Thanks!
 

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You should most definitely should be fine! That route is all sorts of beautiful and like @siid said the west is a completely different world.

But for the record posing as a latino isn't gonna win you any brownie points with the rural people that American kid was talking about. My go to used to be was to tell people I'm Italian instead of Mexican, it worked since I have light skin.

Truthfully I only had to do that once. When I got picked up by neo-nazis. In southern Illinois. Which is no where near where you'll be. Haha
 
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I'm a female-bodied, queer desi. Visibly brown, lightskinned. I haven't run into any direct problems yet having to do with my race, just regular microagressions. I obviously do not know what it's like to be profiled as a brown man but I have found that outside opinions about places you haven't been are way different than how they are- I was nervous on doing the south on my own because there are so many misconceptions about it and I ended up having a great time n meeting some cool ass people. And definitely gauge people out w ur judgement- like you don't owe any stranger an explanation of your identity in situations where that would feel unsafe. People rarely guess that I'm south asian they usually assume I'm latinx, native, middle eastern etc. I've never felt the need to lie about my race or anything like that.
 
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I'm a 23 male, going to hitchhike from Seattle to Mexico, but I was wondering, would I have any problems because of my race, from either getting picked up or problems with racism? My parents are from the middle east, and I have similar skin tone to a latino, but I was born and raised in Canada. I'm not big, I am 5'9 and weigh 140lbs. I have a little facial hair, but not a full beard, if that matters.

I never thought much about this, but this American I met told me to be cautious of rural areas and that they carry guns and recommended that I Hitchhiked with a girl... Not sure if he said it because of my race or because of hitchhiking in general.

English is my native tongue, so I could pretend I'm Latino or Native and give a false name, but would those races be subject to similar racism?
When you leaving brother? Im gonna be hitchhiking down the california coast starting June 1st if your in Cali by then hit me up we should hang out!.
 
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When you leaving brother? Im gonna be hitchhiking down the california coast starting June 1st if your in Cali by then hit me up we should hang out!.
I'll be leaving in like two months, I'll be in Seattle on June 27. So i might be in cali around mid July. If your still around by then, i'll hit you up for sure
 
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Don't believe the fear-mongering that you have read in the media. Don't live in fear just take the necessary precautions. I have been living in a van for 6 years and my name is Sameer Ali. Maybe my comments don't have any value because I don't hitch. I have been to every bum fuck community in the southwest and up and down the West Coast and never had a problem. There are a lot of good people and of course, a few assholes. Be open, Friendly, and cautious. Just do it! Just go have a good time! We are all brothers and sisters and I think you will be amazed how friendly people are. The West Coast and the Southwest are wonderful places to travel. I think you'll find in most cases that people are just people.
 

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Im brown im latina most people think im native or middle eastern I havent faced problems with other people or getting rides while traveling or hitch hiking because of my race that i can think of right now

the only problems i can remember having is racism from cops and the courts

i think the route from mex to seattle is a pretty friendly chill route ive done it and was very confused by how friendly everyone was im from the east coast so it felt like a completely different world , to me anyways Haha
No kidding. I can't get over how negative and miserable the fucking vibe is in Michigan. Fuck this place hard. Everybody stays in line and follows the fucking rules.
 

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Polly only if you tried to hitch a ride on a commercial jet liner. ( I know, I even amaze myself with my level of immaturity).
 

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my advice is to hitch as much of the 101 and coastway as possible, since the I-5 highway is both boring in terms of scenery and harder to hitchhike since you can't walk on the freeway (unless you're in oregon).
I don't think you can walk on most or even all of 101 either. At least all the onramps I happened to be at had "no pedestrian" signs.

Edit: My apologies, it's a matter of freeway vs highway sections. Guess I was just unlucky.
 
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