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White Saviour Complex

African Men, Hollywood Stereotypes: Why Challenging the Status Quo Went Viral

Mama Hope | Posted 07.31.2015 | World
Mama Hope

We were tired of seeing the stereotypes: helpless children sifting through garbage with distended bellies and flies in their eyes or bloodthirsty warlords toting AK-47s, and not much in between. We saw how these stereotypes hurt everyone.

Carol Kuruvilla

The Stormy Debate Over White Clergy's Hashtag Activism

HuffingtonPost.com | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 01.26.2015 | Religion

A group of clergy members wanted to change the conversation when they heard that a Florida police department was using mug shots of young black men as...

Voluntourism: Why Helping Abroad Isn't Always Helping

Charlotte Robertson | Posted 01.07.2015 | Impact
Charlotte Robertson

I had come, for a set time, with a specific task, without training, with the goal to save the world. I went to India with the audacity that my very being would somehow change the public education system of an entire country.

The Privilege of Doing Development Work: Voluntourism and Its Limitations

Mario Machado | Posted 04.26.2014 | Impact
Mario Machado

While I applaud the intentions of the voluntourists of the world, I think it is important for them to remain grounded in reality. They need to be constantly cognizant of their privileged positions to be doing development work in the first place and the limitations of both their time commitments and outsider status.

The White Feminist Savior Complex

Anne Theriault | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Anne Theriault

My intentions are good and my heart is, as they say, in the right place. All of our hearts are in the right places. All of our intentions are good. But intent isn't magic, and sometimes the ways that we carry out our intentions cause more harm than they do good.