takethethirdoption asked: I liked the article you posted about the "white savior vacations". It kind of reminds me of when we were doing presentations in our Spanish class a few months ago. This girl did one of those church retreats to Mexico to help build stuff, and our professor (a native Argentinian whose seen some real poverty-stricken places in his day) asked about the people. She said "they don't care about being poor because they're happy just to have family". He was just so goddamned baffled by that. (contin.)
That this white girl went to Mexico with her church, saw some really bad areas, and then do a presentation where she says that they’re happy, not in spite of, but almost because they lack possessions. Ugh. Me, I think instead of paying money for plane tickets, food and accommodations, etc, why not just send the money you were going to use to fund building projects for the locals, for material and manpower. What the hell will a bunch of unskilled teenagers do that skilled locals can’t?
How horrible. Not only was she a horrid white savior, but she deploys the “noble savage" trope as well to ignore the real difficulties faced in the communities she was supposed to be serving. Jesus fucking Christ. And I completely agree with you on what we should be doing instead of shipping unskilled teenagers on ~service trips~.