There’s a lot, A LOT, to unpack in Teju Cole’s essay for The Atlantic about “The White Savior Industrial Complex,” as it touches upon: Africa, journalism, Kony 2012, activism, race, and having good intentions. I’m not even sure where to begin or if there’s even a passage that could be properly quoted without being wildly taken out of context, but here goes:
there is much more to doing good work than “making a difference.” There is the principle of first do no harm. There is the idea that those who are being helped ought to be consulted over the matters that concern them.
Go read the thing. It’s definitely filed away under “food for thought.”