Today we have a special guest post via @the.mirror - a friend & long-time member of the NWS community. Please read, share and comment! People often ask why does it matter what color Jesus was? To that, I want to ask: Do you understand the impact psychologically and societally of having a white savior (prophet)? … Continue reading Jesus Was Not White
We understand that these two words mean two different things and can be used interchangeably, we also understand that there is a number of justifications for one over the other with volunteering being long term and voluntourism being short term. Terms like sustainability and capacity building (among others) have been associated with volunteering while voluntourism … Continue reading The Ethics of Volunteering and Voluntourism
This is a post specifically for Black followers to discuss and engage with. What we do not need? White people weighing in on what needs to be an inter-communal conversation around accountability & complicity. If you are a follower who is a non-Black POC and you want to discuss examples of how internalized oppression plays … Continue reading On Profiting Off the Exploitation of our Own People
The No White Saviors community partnered with Zion Family Support to invest in business training & a small business start-up for the Grandmother of the little boy Ms. Dooley exploited for her #selfie captioned “Obsessed”. Zion Family Support is a CBO (Community Based Organization) working in Eastern Uganda to strengthen & support vulnerable families. I … Continue reading What We Can All Learn From Stacey Dooley’s ‘White Savior Row’ & Her Refusal to Do Better
Original background image from Sparrow Women website When you visit the website of Sparrow Women you are met with the warm smiles of a (racially) diverse team and their one word mission statement, “Peacemakers” followed by their definition of the word, “A person who brings peace. We exist to catalyze the next generation of reconcilers”. At first glance, one … Continue reading White Supremacy & The Evangelical Church: Diversity Does Not Make You Non-Racist
Today’s post comes to you from a friend and follower of NWS, Eliora, after we connected through the conversations that have been had surrounding the Palestine / Israeli conflict. Remember to keep in mind that one can be both the oppressed and the oppressor. Our multiple identities are not static. Power dynamics shift and change … Continue reading Please, no more logical fallacies when discussing the Israeli occupation.
“Winner of the CNN Hero of the Year Award, Maggie was just an average gap year student trying to find her way in the world when she came across something she could never un-see. This is how one girl single-handedly changed the lives of hundreds with this one thought: “Forget the 80 million, start with … Continue reading The White Savior Complex, Passion Without Experience or Education: An Open Letter to Maggie Doyne
Pictured is Renee Bach, an American missionary who moved to Jinja, Uganda at age 18. She is not a Doctor, not a Nurse. With no formal medical training, Ms. Bach started experimenting with medical procedures she’d learn from Youtube. When I first visited Uganda in 2010, I was 20-years-old and chalk-full of the white savior … Continue reading When White Saviorism Turns Deadly: American missionary played doctor, children died, when will there be justice?
We’ve put together a list of 7 general tips to keep in mind while traveling overseas, especially to countries in the southern hemisphere. This is by no means an exhaustive list. We think this is a good place to start as we all reflect on the ways in which our presence while traveling can cause … Continue reading 7 Tips on How To Be a Good Human While Traveling to Countries in the Southern Hemisphere
The double standard for foreign nationals runs deep. So deep that a young, single American girl can travel to Uganda and take custody of 13 children, while a married, financially secure Ugandan woman is turned down for adoption in her own country. Patricia Musanje is a 23-year old woman who stays on the Lubowa side … Continue reading Ugandan woman watches 18-year-old American woman ‘adopt’ children in her country but is blocked from adopting herself