What is the genealogy of "white savior" as a term of discourse, is it Teju? Wikipedia blames Teju. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_sav…
The classic examples of white saviorhood, as I understand the term, are acts of personal aggrandizement (and personal gain) undertaken by a white person under cover of goodness, that damage the non-white people who are being thus instrumentalized.
Here's Teju's article and tweets: theatlantic.com/international/…
Anyway, classic case of "once you remove the systemic critique from a term and use it to describe a loose 'style' or 'vibe' it stops meaning very much"
no love for kidney donaters. you know who I blame? neoliveralism

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