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The White-Savior Industrial Complex

The White-Savior Industrial Complex
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Il y a un gros problème avec les gens qui veulent «sauver l'Afrique» En Occident, on connaît tous plus ou moins quelqu’un qui, un beau jour, a décidé qu’il irait «faire de l’humanitaire» en Afrique. Parce que, vous comprenez, il y a trop de misère, trop de maladies, la guerre et beaucoup trop de souffrances et donc, il faut aider les «petits Africains». Sur le continent, qui n’a jamais rencontré d’Occidental, souvent looké façon New Age, souvent encore trop jeune, jurant, la main sur cœur, être venu «sauver l’Afrique»? Il suffit d’une guerre, d’une grave crise ou d’une épidémie —comme c’est le cas actuellement avec le virus Ebola dans certains pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest— pour que cet angélisme atteigne les paroxysmes les plus fous. Ainsi, il y a quelques semaines, Kieran Kesner, un jeune photographe new-yorkais, décide de se rendre au Liberia en plein désarroi face à l’épidémie de fièvre hémorragique. «Je savais que c’était dangereux. Kieran Kesner n’a pas été touché par le virus. Les campagnes choc de SAIH en ont inspiré d’autres. Raoul Mbog Raoul Mbog

Why Kony 2012 Went Viral The Kony 2012 video by the U.S. non-profit Invisible Children is now the most viral video of all time. The video relies upon a very simple narrative and two opposing forces: The white American male hero wants to defeat the bad guy, Ugandan war lord Joseph Kony, and make the future better for children, especially his own. The video is narrated entirely by the Invisible Children Co-Founder Jason Russell. Kony 2012 has succeeded in part because it echoes and amplifies a classic narrative that America buys into and loves: The white male savior, swooping into Africa to save "those poor people," and coming out as the hero, the masculine father figure whose blonde-haired, blue-eyed five-year-old boy will one day do for the world what his dad tried to do. On social media sites, Kony 2012 was most viewed by people ages 18-29 years, quickly becoming a trending topic on Twitter. "The Kony story resonates because it's the story of an identifible individual doing bodily harm to children.

Harmful Communication, Part One: Intent Is Magic [Trigger warning for harmful language, emotional manipulation, rape culture.] This is the first post in a series about language. Specifically, harmful language. We talk about physical and emotional abuse a lot in this space, and, to some extent, we also talk about abusive language: Under the "this shit doesn't happen in a void" refrain, I've frequently addressed hate speech, and we acknowledge that bullying is abusive even without any physical violence. We also recognize, in discussions of rape culture and in conversations about institutional oppressions, that systemic harm is not limited to physical violence, but additionally manifests as harmful language in the form of rape jokes or slurs or violent rhetoric, as examples. The language of defensiveness, projection, emotional auditing, non-apology apologies, false choices, and magical intent is ubiquitous in social justice spaces—and pretty much everywhere else. We begin with Magical Intent. Example One: Alex has a PhD in Subjectology.

Un ramadan du voyage Chère Isabelle, Cela fait un petit bout de temps que je voulais t’écrire ; enfin t’écrire une vraie lettre, car je trouve que sur Facebook, je n’arrive pas à exprimer une vraie pensée, autre que ces trucs consensuels et sans intérêt. De plus, entre les coupures d’électricité nombreuses et courantes, si j’ose le jeu de mots, et les coupures d’accès au réseau, je me dis que ce n’est pas le plus intéressant d’échanger par un chat qui ne cartonne pas. Tu me disais que tu étais étonnée par le fatalisme qui règne chez les jeunes ici en Algérie. Celui qui accepte d’être au chômage et faire partie de 10 % de la population sans emploi et accepte d’être traité comme un paria dans la société ? Ou bien celui qui invente un système de débrouillardise pour survivre tant bien que mal avec du bezness et des petits trafics ? Ah oui, j’ai oublié : vous manifestez aussi ; de moins en moins, mais quand même … Et souvent poliment. Parfois, j’avoue que ça peut être un bon moteur de changement. Meriem

Jeremy Konyndyk: Kony 2012 -- Why the Backlash Matters A number of pundits have rushed to cast the firestorm around the Kony 2012 video as pointless squabbling, with Nick Kristof the latest to chime in. After all, they argue, how could anyone question an effort to raise awareness about the damage done by the warlord Joseph Kony and his militia, the Lord's Resistance Army? This controversy should not be so casually dismissed. Criticism of the video reflects an important debate over how humanitarian advocates should responsibly and sensitively balance the priorities of accuracy and mass appeal -- and how that balance can affect the lives of those that advocates seek to help. The fact that the most viral video in history is about a central African human rights issue, rather than a music debut or a laughing baby, is impressive. But advocacy messages that happen to resonate with the public do not lead inevitably to the right solutions. The stakes are high because policy mis-steps can have severe human costs.

A Look at How Media Writes Women of Color Nearly every Saturday morning, feminists of color hold Twitter discussions taking a deeper look at issues, such as gender violence. It’s the best kind of Saturday morning breakfast club. Sometimes it really takes off. In October, for example, dozens of people took on the task of decolonizing discussions of domestic violence (#decolonizeDVAM). Last week's Saturday morning hashtag immediately grabbed my attention: #HowMediaWritesWOC. As a woman of color media maker, I was definitely intrigued—how are media outlets writing about women of color? Claudia Garcia-Rojas of the Chicago Taskforce on Violence Against Girls and Young Women and media coordinator of INCITE! For instance, throughout the day (and even into the days that followed), various tweets pointed to a picture comparing two moms breastfeeding during their college graduation ceremony. h/t to Twitter users @sjlittleleaf and @afroqueen1993. Another popular tweet pointed out the whitewashing of Harry Potter. Was it magic?

Effets de l'esclavage sous un angle économique Dans le précédent article publié, j'ai parlé d'une prise de notes d'un cours d'Histoire moderne sur la traite négrière. Donc, j'ai repris des avis faits par des historiens. Maintenant, regardons, si vous le permettez, ce que pensent les économistes sur la question de l'esclavage envers les noirs, et plus précisément, l'impact que l'esclavage a (ou a eu selon certains) sur les économies du continent africain aujourd'hui. Donc, interdiction d'être court-termiste, à moins de vouloir s'infliger une séance de torture! Déjà, il est bon de rappeler une chose, sur laquelle les économistes du développement (une des nombreuses branches de la pensée économique) semblent être en consensus. Mais qu'en est-il des effets de cette perte de main-d'oeuvre sur l'ensemble du continent et son développement? Pour vous en convaincre, lisez les PDF mis ci-dessous des articles cités ci-haut.

Am I the only one who is suspicious about Invisible Children, the organisation behind Kony 2012? : DAE Exposing the Racist History Of Libertarianism And Murray Rothbard Murray Rothbard was the student of Ludwig Von Mises and a friend of Ayn Rand. Rothbard was a racist, and believed in the "voluntary" separation of the races. I have argued that his teacher, Mises, was an elitist with fascist tendencies. This part of libertarian history is a part that the libertarians would like to cover up. It slips out at times and has done so with Ron Paul, Rand Paul and others. We know that Rothbard spoke kindly of David Duke, the KKK office seeker. It should be noted that Ron Paul distanced himself from Rothbard's racism, in stating that racism is a collectivist view. But even Rand Paul made a racial gaff right after he won the senate seat, that he regretted, when he said he was for the repeal of the 1964 civil rights act. So then, we need to look at more history to see if this is a constant pattern or if it is just an aberration. Yet there is a theme historically that comes from Mises.

EXHIBIT B : Quiproquo ou analyseur | Le blog de Saïd Bouamama Said Bouamama La performance de l’artiste sud-africain Brett Bailley intitulée Exhibit B est l’objet depuis plusieurs semaines d’une forte polémique. Une œuvre présentée par l’artiste et ses soutiens comme « antiraciste » est condamnée comme « racisme déguisé[i] » par plusieurs associations et les milliers de signataires de la pétition réclamant la déprogrammation du spectacle. Le racisme est un rapport social Comme toutes les exploitations et les dominations, le racisme n’est pas un objet mais un rapport social. Elle tend également à produire l’intériorisation du rapport chez les uns comme chez les autres. Cette approche matérialiste du racisme s’oppose aux versions idéalistes multiples : le racisme comme méconnaissance de l’autre, le racisme comme peur de l’inconnu, le racisme comme virus importé, le racisme comme simple héritage du passé, etc. « La réalité est qu’un pays colonial est un pays raciste. Objet parlé ou sujet parlant ? La polémique actuelle n’est pas nouvelle. J'aime :

The Road to Hell Is Paved with Viral Videos - By David Rieff Click here to see photos of the evolution of the LRA. When and how so many Americans, young people in particular, were convinced, or convinced themselves, that awareness offers the key to righting wrongs wherever in the world they may be is hard to pinpoint. But whatever else it does and fails to do, Kony 2012, the 30-minute video produced by a previously obscure California- and Uganda-based charity called Invisible Children that seeks to "make Joseph Kony famous in 2012" so that this homicidal bandit leader of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in central Africa will be hunted down and turned over to the International Criminal Court, illustrates just how deeply engrained in American culture this assumption has now become. As a film, as history, and as policy analysis, there is little to be said for Kony 2012 except that its star and narrator, Jason Russell, the head of Invisible Children, and his colleagues seem to have their hearts in the right place. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Push(back) at the Intersections: How About Some -isms with Your Feminism? What do Mary Daly, Margaret Sanger, Nellie McClung, Martha Griffiths, Gloria Steinem, Geraldine Ferraro, Julie Bindel, Robin Morgan, Germaine Greer, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Janice Raymond, Sheila Jeffreys, and Beth Elliott have in common? You were going to tell me they're feminist icons, weren't you? Awww, how cute. That's actually the wrong answer. All of these 'leading lights' of the feminist movement are contributors to a long and not very proud history of dragging -isms into the feminist movement. Racism. Today, the 90th anniversary of women's suffrage in the United States, I am reminded that racist arguments were used by white suffragettes to lobby for their right to vote. Let me be blunt. I suspect you're going to have some trouble. This does all of us a big disservice. It's because of the memories. Take the reproductive rights movement, for example. Sanger also supported euthanasia and compulsory sterilization, incidentally.

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