kimberlyjohansson:

thisisnotafrica:

conquer-ed:


There is no African, myself included, who does not appreciate the help of the wider world, but we do question whether aid is genuine or given in the spirit of affirming one’s cultural superiority. My mood is dampened every time I attend a benefit whose host runs through a litany of African disasters before presenting a (usually) wealthy, white person, who often proceeds to list the things he or she has done for the poor, starving Africans. Every time a well-meaning college student speaks of villagers dancing because they were so grateful for her help, I cringe. Every time a Hollywood director shoots a film about Africa that features a Western protagonist, I shake my head — because Africans, real people though we may be, are used as props in the West’s fantasy of itself. And not only do such depictions tend to ignore the West’s prominent role in creating many of the unfortunate situations on the continent, they also ignore the incredible work Africans have done and continue to do to fix those problems.
- Uzodinma Iweala, “Stop Trying to ‘Save’ Africa”

I agree with all of this.
But based on what I’ve seen from her interviews, I’m sure Angelina Jolie is a humanitarian to be courteous, not for shallow redemption. ^^

being a humanitarian does not diminish  a person’s white and/or western status …

why is her being white such a problem?

i believe she’s sincere…
Reblogged from: productofsweden
Source: carried-away
08.07.12
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kimberlyjohansson:

thisisnotafrica:

conquer-ed:

There is no African, myself included, who does not appreciate the help of the wider world, but we do question whether aid is genuine or given in the spirit of affirming one’s cultural superiority. My mood is dampened every time I attend a benefit whose host runs through a litany of African disasters before presenting a (usually) wealthy, white person, who often proceeds to list the things he or she has done for the poor, starving Africans. Every time a well-meaning college student speaks of villagers dancing because they were so grateful for her help, I cringe. Every time a Hollywood director shoots a film about Africa that features a Western protagonist, I shake my head — because Africans, real people though we may be, are used as props in the West’s fantasy of itself. And not only do such depictions tend to ignore the West’s prominent role in creating many of the unfortunate situations on the continent, they also ignore the incredible work Africans have done and continue to do to fix those problems.

- Uzodinma Iweala, “Stop Trying to ‘Save’ Africa”

I agree with all of this.

But based on what I’ve seen from her interviews, I’m sure Angelina Jolie is a humanitarian to be courteous, not for shallow redemption. ^^

being a humanitarian does not diminish  a person’s white and/or western status …

why is her being white such a problem?

i believe she’s sincere…

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