Wonderful eye opening article, and it’s very true for all the damage white colonialists have done in africa, we have a killer PR campaign running. I think this “white saviour” has a lot to do with it. Yes Africa might need a helping hand, in the background. Africa needs to be given the chance to find it’s own feet and principles, dictated by it’s own people and leaders.
Africa is strong and has been around for a long time. She will rise again.
White people aren’t told that the color of their skin is a problem very often. We sail through police check points, don’t garner sideways glances in affluent neighborhoods, and are generally understood to be predispositioned for success based on a physical characteristic (the color of our skin) we have little control over beyond sunscreen and tanning oil.
After six years of working in and traveling through a number of different countries where white people are in the numerical minority, I’ve come to realize that there is one place being white is not only a hindrance, but negative – most of the developing world.
Removing rocks from buckets of beans in Tanzania.
In high school, I travelled to Tanzania as part of a school trip. There were 14 white girls, 1 black girl who, to her frustration, was called white by almost everyone we met in Tanzania, and a few teachers/chaperones…
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