The White Savior Industrial Complex

Teju Cole so eloquently enunciated the thoughts of many Africans in this article that started as the following seven tweets. It’s everything I would like to say, and a little bit more.

1 – From Sachs to Kristoff to Invisible Children to TED, the fastest growth industry in the US is the White Savior Industrial Complex.

2 – The white savior supports brutal policies in the morning, founds charities in the afternoon, and receives awards in the evening.

3 – The banality of evil transmutes into the banality of sentimentality. The world is nothing but a problem to be solved by enthusiasm.

4 – This world exists simply to satisfy the needs – including importantly, the sentimental needs – of white people and Oprah.

5 – The White Savior Industrial Complex is not about justice. It is about having a big emotional experience that validates privilege.

6 – Feverish worry over that awful African warlord. But close to 1.5 million Iraqis died from an American war of choice. Worry about that.

7 – I deeply respect American sentimentality the way one respects a wounded hippo. You must keep an eye on it, for you know it is deadly.

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