In The Atlantic today, a must-read piece by Teju Cole on some of the cultural issues raised by Kony 2012, and reactions to it in the media-blog-Twitter-opinion-sphere.
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 "The White Savior Industrial Complex" at the Atlantic.
There’s the shot; here’s the chaser: We have deleted a tweet that did not meet our editorial standards.— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) February 5, 2018 We’re a ways short of the term ‘racism’ being proudly reclaimed, but there’s not much ground left between here and there.
“There is, and ought to be in this great country, the freedom to say goodbye.”
The New York Times published a carefully compiled and sourced list of Donald Trump’s racist utterances and acts, going back to his refusal to rent homes to black people in the 1970s and ending, for now, with whatever shit he tweeted this weekend. There’s one section titled “Other Assorted Racism.”
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