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The White Savior Trope, Explained

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Published on 22 Nov 2020 / In Film & Animation

Why do so many stories about racism revolve around the White Savior? In 2020, as the Movement for Black Lives grew in the wake of the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others, The Help experienced a resurgence in popularity, becoming one of the most-streamed movies on Netflix. The 2011 film about a white woman confronting racism may be well-intentioned, but—like Green Book, The Blind Side, and other White Savior movies before it—The Help centers its story on benevolent white characters, rather than on firsthand black perspectives. How did this trope become so persistent? Here’s our Take on the dangers of the White Savior, and how we can change our own narratives and conversations to become more anti-racist ourselves. If you like this video, subscribe to our channel or support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thetake

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BlackPilledBeltMonkkido

Government is the problem with everything as Ronald Reagan says. So as the abolitionist Ronald Reagan tried to do before he got shot(but still lived) we must get rid of government.

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Johnny_Cage
Johnny_Cage 2 months ago

Very true. But do you agree with what this video says about the White Saviour complex, and how it undermines the messages and perspectives of the stories? That's what this video is about, and I noticed you did not even address that. What say you, BPBM?

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BlackPilledBeltMonkkido

@Johnny_Cage: Yeah I see it.

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Johnny_Cage
Johnny_Cage 2 months ago

@BlackPilledBeltMonkkido: Oh :)

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