Miles Marshall Lewis left America and moved to Paris after George W. Bush was elected president of the United States in 2001.
“I left the States partially because I felt like my protests [in the lead-up to] the Iraqi War weren’t being heard,” said Lewis, who is a music journalist. “I didn’t want to be around for any 9/11-scale karma.”
As a country, France always intrigued Lewis because of its historical love affair with African-American writers like James Baldwin, Richard Wright and Chester Himes. Lewis arrived in 2002 and stayed in Paris for seven years, returning only when President Barack Obama was elected.
“I voted for Barack Obama by absentee ballot, and I didn’t want to miss out on living under a black American president,” Lewis said. “I wanted my kids to grow up with that as a given, and for them to know their American side of the family better.”
Fifteen years after President George W. Bush was elected, blacks in the United States find themselves in a similar situation. Donald Trump, a real estate magnate who often spews hateful rhetoric, leads the polls for the Republican presidential nomination. If enough Republican delegates choose him at the Republican National Convention in July, then Trump will run for president of the United States. Black people, a majority of whom often vote for Democrats, are rightfully worried. They are so worried that some are even thinking about moving away from the U.S. to other countries more welcoming to black people.
“If he’s elected, I don’t think this will be a good place for us,” said Rasalyn Bowden, a bookkeeper from Los Angeles. She was planning to move to another country in six years, when her children would be finished with school. But an election of Trump might make her hasten that timetable.
If Trump is elected the 45th president of the United States (and you don’t feel like sticking around), where should you run? The Root did some research and crunched the numbers, and below are the top five diverse countries to move to—quickly, cheaply or both—if the idea of living under a Trump administration keeps you up at night.
America’s Neighbors: Canada and Mexico
Moving to another country could be as simple as looking north or south. Canada is looking more like the country that people wish America were: diverse, not so violent and welcoming to immigrants. A recent video shows the new prime minister, Justin Trudeau, welcoming smiling Syrian refugees into the country at the airport.