Excellent article. May I propose an even more daring and illustrative experiment? Use some of your Medium earnings to book a flight to Africa. Perhaps Uganda, Nigeria or Haiti. Tour one of these countries unaccompanied.
Racists would expect you to be in danger. Raped, robbed, possibly killed. When you come out of it with a wealth of cultural experience, beautiful memories and nary a scratch on you, it will surely put the lie to their preconceptions.
It'd also make for a superb article with lots of lovely photos taken during your travels!