Link: The White Savior Industrial Complex

Teju Cole in The Atlantic:

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.

Teju is writing about the Kony 2012 idiocy but I think it could just as easily be applied to another issue that is probably closer to my iPhone/iPad loving readers’ hearts.

via Boing Boing


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