The white saviour complex has become very prominent during the ongoing Black Lives Matter demonstrations and debates about social inequality that have been taking place since May last year. "A white person who acts to support non-white people in a context that can be seen as self-serving" is what a White Savior Complex is known as.
Many white people have used the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as other social justice movements, to make themselves look good on social media by sharing aesthetic infographics or performative black squares. When they have never had true, real-life discussions with their peers about race and their white privilege, this becomes proof of white-saviorism.
When people go on "mission trips" under the illusion of helping others, but actually exploit innocent children for social media gratification, this is a prime example of the white saviour complex.
However, this is a concept that has been around for a long time; in Harper Lee's classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird, a black man is wrongfully accused of rape. Rather than focusing on the Black man's frustrations and concerns, the novel focuses on the white "hero" who defends him in court.
Tiktok is just one of the platforms where white "activists" will claim to care about racial inequality in exchange for likes and views. Rather than amplify black voices, they always talk over us. While Tiktok is a biased app that only features white creators on the For You page, it is no coincidence that the majority of videos about the Black Lives Matter movement are created by the same white creators. Trends on TikTok have gotten to the point that people are proudly wearing blackface or competing in makeup competitions: What most users don't realise is that they can't be self-proclaimed activists and allies.
Allyship requires more than posting a black square or wearing makeup; it also entails standing by your Black friends as they face bigotry, and racism on the daily, and learning about white privilege and other racial issues.
We are surrounded by users who are turning BLM into an aesthetic, built by "alternative girls" who pretend to be leftists because they support the movement.
Innocent Black people are being killed left and right on a day to day basis while privileged white people turn it into cute cartoons to fit their feed aesthetic. Images like the one above are extremely aggravating. Since they are unaffected by the movement, they feel free to turn it into an aesthetic that only benefits them and is detrimental to Black people.
An "ally" who makes the movement they're fighting for all about them is another trait of a white saviour. I constantly see posts like this on people’s instagram stories and it is extremely agravating.
The post basically states that while black people are strong for going through what we go through, white people are stronger for speaking up about it. This post exemplifies how white people have been focusing on themselves rather than amplifying Black voices in the Black Lives Matter movement. We are stronger for going through everything we do and being resilient, not because you stood by us in times of injustice.
While it's important to discuss the flaws in modern activism, I believe it's also important to discuss how allies should act. Consider your intentions before you post anything. Are you sharing this because you like the infographic's theme and think it will make you seem "woke," or because you really care about educating others and spreading awareness? Instead of centering yourself in the movement by prioritising your own interests, focus your energy and allyship on amplifying the voices of Black people.
Sonic or Hello Kitty's whitewashed depictions of brutality often promote performative and nonproductive activism. Rather than confronting the reality of global crises. Below are Examples of what i mean. BLM is NOT an aesthetic, it is a reality EVERY POC has to live everyday. People should look for other ways to develop their activist identity rather than just creating or sharing so–called "woke" and "radical" memes. You should educate friends and family, no matter how uncomfortable the conversation is. You should Look for ways to educate YOURSELF as an ally first. These “Memes” Will not end racism, Educating People Will.
i sincerely hate that type of instagram "activism" that's like a pretty cake with a slogan written on it in cursive like why do you people have to aestheticize fucking everything why do you have to diminish entire movements to quirky snarky one liners you can post on your story to show everyone you're progressive but in a cool #unbothered way
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This is by far the funniest ask I have ever gotten