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The White-Savior Industrial Complex - Teju Cole - The Atlantic
There is an expectation that we can talk about sins but no one must be identified as a sinner: newspapers love to describe words or deeds as "racially charged" even in those cases when it would be more honest to say "racist"; we agree that there is rampant misogyny, but misogynists are nowhere to be found; homophobia is a problem but no one is homophobic. One cumulative effect of this policed language is that when someone dares to point out something as obvious as white privilege, it is seen as unduly provocative.
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The White Savior Industrial Complex is a valve for releasing the unbearable pressures that build in a system built on pillage.
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april 2013 by gggg

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