6 Wicked Ways of the White Savior


The White Savior Complex is real and prevalent in our society from popular movies to short-term church mission trips. In movies, it usually involves a community of black and brown people (domestic or abroad) who are experiencing turmoil and ends up being saved and rescued by a brave white character. In churches, it involves a group of dedicated people who have a desire and passion to preach the message of Christ in poor and minority communities. In social justice organizations, it looks like a group of ambitious educated advocates who fight for the rights of the disenfranchised without reaching out to the communities they are fighting for. Many of these people, both in church charities and social justice organizations, have good intentions and are generally good people. However, they often do more harm than good and reinforce systems of oppression. I applaud people who have good intentions and genuinely want…

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