The Stubborn Stereotype of the "White Saviour"

37 minutes

Tony Lip in The Green Book. Aibileen Clark in The Help. Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. Rudyard Kipling's poem, The White Man's Burden. The problem of the “White saviour” is persistent and growing in western culture. The term “white saviourism” refers to an idea in which a white person, or white culture, rescues Black people from their own situation. This has been witnessed in western culture from slavery and colonialism to the present "White liberal" day. It is prevalent in many different settings. From books and movies to charitable organizations and foreign policies and even our friends, the image of the White savior saving Black people is a persistent theme and feeling in western culture. In this podcast show, Ben and Marlene will discuss the issue of White saviourism. They will define and identify the “White saviour” in various settings. They will also discuss the effects of White saviourism in Black and White communities. Join the convo!

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