The Atlantic has a very intriguing essay titled ‘The White Savior Industrial Complex‘. Here’s the core of it-
But I disagree with the approach taken by Invisible Children in particular, and by the White Savior Industrial Complex in general, because there is much more to doing good work than “making a difference.” There is the principle of first do no harm. There is the idea that those who are being helped ought to be consulted over the matters that concern them.
Read it all. And think before you try to ‘improve the lives’ of people who may want you to just leave them be.
- Teju Cole on “The White Savior Industrial Complex” (boingboing.net)
- The White Savior Industrial Complex- Teju Cole (kractivist.wordpress.com)
- Teju Cole on American sentimentality towards Africa (ethanzuckerman.com)