The White Savior Syndrome: White Folks Redemption…

The Provocative  Racist Narrative of White Motherhood Saving Black Babies….

Has anyone been noticing the number of white celebrities adopting Black children? Madonna, Sandra Bullock, Angelina Jolie/Brad Pitt, etc. Is it love for these children or is it trendy?

One of the most egregious narratives, is the fact that many white women are driven by feeling inadequate, thus, they have to do something to make themselves feel better about themselves.  What better way to do that than to go out and adopt Black babies.  It was a cool thing, right?  Or was it the incendiary aim of covert bigotry to project an altered state of truth;  racism being the force in these images, sending the subliminal message that white women can be better mothers to Black children than Black women.

Please don’t let me forget all of the movies of late about white folks saving poor Black people: 12 Years a Slave, The Help (a movie I still refuse to see), Avatar, The Blind Side, Blood Diamond, Dangerous Minds, Freedom Riders etc.   Hollywood loves these type of movies.  No matter how well-intentioned, the movie always ends up being about them.  What is so interesting about these movies is how they try to portray one white person or family rising about the white racism in order to save the person of color  but never address the advantages of White Privilege,  and the subconscious racism that many whites, even nice white folks, often are guilty of.

What is the White Savior mentality? It’s the belief of white folks, whether consciously or sub-consciously, who believe they have to be the benevolent benefactors of the helpless. And what greater people to exercise this innate narcissism than through the greatest victims of white hatred, the Black race.  This behavior is driven by paternalism.  Naturally, within itself, it’s absolutely patronizing and arrogant.

What a narrative. Save the ravaged people, then become THEIR HERO!

Would you like to take a bite of that Milky Way?

I’ve had two relatives that were adopted, but thankfully, other family members took them.

Whenever I see white folks taking a strong interest in Black people for any reason, my natural instinct is to question their intent. And there always is an agenda with these people.

If you look at the behavior of white folks, they love to take up causes. Their actions are motivated from their belief that they–and ONLY THEY…can solve the problems of people, who in the narrative of the world, and privileged attitudes afforded to them by White Privilege,  are inferior.   Of course they will appreciate their interest in helping them.  It’s the the complete un-racist thing to do, right?  Really?

Was it not the Indians that saved the lives of the Pilgrims that first winter?, yet, the Indians were branded as savages.

And just look at the number of white folks in Africa. My god. You’d think they assume that Africans don’t have the resolve or resources to solve their own problems. From early white missionaries to the white aid today, this interaction is always given without invitation. White folks just decide to instigate into the politics and everyday happenings of people, whether their help is requested or not.  Again, the drive?  To be the sole benefactor of world praise–and let us not forget how great this looks PR wise. For who?

Pardon me, but there is an evil in this and it needs to be called out. Some people mean well, but God save us all from these types. Helping is one thing, but when you create a psychological imprint in the minds of those in need that you are the only one they can turn to when in trouble, this destroys the natural incentive to do-for-self.

Although some people are driven by good intentions, this attitude in white people and behavior, can, and is perceived, as a superiority complex fueled by deep rooted paternalism.

White people are not the world’s saving grace, and if intellect and wisdom can be implored here; it’s great to help, but when you’re really of service, you empower others to help themselves.

Contrary to popular belief, white people are not the world’s saving grace–Jesus is.

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30 comments on “The White Savior Syndrome: White Folks Redemption…

  1. layla Lewis says:

    Hi,
    I asked you a question another your article of friendship between whites and blacks what you thought of the whites who adopt blacks children?
    I was born in Brazil, my parents are Italian they adopted me when I was a child! Everything I tell you is true! I lived in a country and a family in white majority have been discriminated against by those people who claimed to be my family! My parents sometimes didn’t help me properly and they didn’t defence me in a world that not accepted me! For years I was done as a kind of brainwashing! Not having as a reference point a black culture, I had crisis identity also I started to hate myself and what I was, especially black culture! When I speak whit my mum of racism and about my feeling she doesn’t understand! For the fact that because she is white can’t understand the pain I feel in being constantly ridiculed and insulted!
    Parents should have more respect for their children, most of the people are unaware giving birth to children without thinking of the consequences! I am of the idea that if you don’t have economic opportunity not to have children is so much sad when someone to adopted you or you will be abandoned! You say that children blacks don’t need to be helped and adopted by white people! We come into the world without knowing which family will live! Then you wonder why the blacks don’t adopt black children? Doing it this way that white people don’t adopt? If the blacks adopt black children there would be all this pain and the identity crisis! Some say ” parent is not what puts you in the world but that’s what makes you grow! ” I think that the importance of the blood relationship!
    Alone I have finally figured out that really I am “I am black woman I proud of it”!

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  2. Kitten says:

    Sometimes I think they believe their own hype…I meet a European (white) woman married to a Jamaican guy. She said she was helping him with the “cause”. I thought maybe I had missed a meeting where the “cause” was on the agenda. I asked him about…he looked at me and laughed. He couldn’t pull that on a sister. She was the white ‘Savior’ for his whole family to get Visas.

    I use the term European in my description of Caucasians, because is from whence they came. But is seems to upset them and I don’t understand why…They are so quick to tell me; “I’m Italian, I’m French, I’m German”, etc…Does anyone know why??

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  3. originalwoman13 says:

    I’m always suspicious too when white folks call themselves “saving” people, especially people of color. Whites adopting black babies and children is frightening to me; black people have been whitewashed enough and to see these impressionable young black minds getting ready to be contaminated by these devils is just so very frighting and sad. The whitewash got end sometime. This is another tactic to keep black people confused about the system of racism and who whites really are. And to think that some Negros think that this is “good humanitarianism” on the part of whites. They don’t see through the bullshit. smdh. Only black people will save and help other black people/children babies!

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    • truthangel07 says:

      OW, I’m tired of stupid Black people.

      There comes a time in life when you have to be bold and say it like it is.

      A white person raising a Black child is the equivalent of a cat trying to teach a dog how to bark.

      One of the most disturbing things that I’ve ever seen was a white lesbian couple who adopted children of color, one being a black girl. Well, when that girl grew up, she literally had no cultural education about herself. The two women that raised her didn’t think it was important to tell her about where she came from and nor encourage her to learn about her roots.

      This is just one example but I’m sure you understand why many are concerned about these adoptions.

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  4. I wrote about this same thing when the avatars movie came out for a local Boston paper and on another blog, this makes me sick and yet it has always been around since the days of John Brown and even most likely even before. Most white people think that they are the answer to the worlds problems even though they cause most of the problems. Great article.

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  5. Tyrone says:

    Honestly…They need to stop trying to save us. Oftentimes, good intentions have bad results. Whites are obsessed with our people, always meddling in our affairs. All we want is fairness and the rule of law to rule the day…Bottomline! As to white actresses in Hollywood adopting black babies. White Female Guilt is the root of the problem. Our foremothers suffered and endured the most inhumane treatment during slavery and colonization…Caucasian Women Benefitted Greatly! Them assuming they can raise a black child better than an actual blackwoman…Projection! A subset of whitewomen are into blackmen, so, this mindset creeps into their psyche without them even noticing it. The problem that i see with this, is that, a Eurocentric worldview will be implanted into the black child. Lord knows we have enuf whitewashed black people on this planet, dazed and confused

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    • truthangel07 says:

      Tyrone, I’ve never been asleep about anything in my life–and certainly not when it comes to race.

      It’s very clear what white people are, were, and continue to be.

      Black people who allow themselves to be WHITEWASHED are simply either ignorant, mentally complacent, or so naive; it’s frightening.

      A snake will always shed its skin, but its nature will never change. And this is white folks in a nutshell.

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      • Tyrone says:

        Sis…They’re Not Gonna Change Stripes! As you and i know from experience, human beings obsess over that which they are not and what they cannot control. Lest we forget, they got all they wanted out of us…Every Drop! Yet, they’re still not happy at the end of the day. They can’t save us, not their responsibility. Our people are intelligent, creative, ambitious…we can pilot our own airplanes. This white guilt mindset got us in a pickle right now. Got a so-called first black president that hates us, just because whites wanted to do the right thing by us. The Great Society had good intentions, but results have been disastrous for us. Affirmative-Action had good intentions, but has it really helped us in a major way…No! As you stated Sis, whites that love us more than themselves have devious motives. I don’t trust them, based on prior experiences.

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      • truthangel07 says:

        If any white person really wants to know what I think about them and what they can expect. I’ll tell them with a quickness. Their lives–Blood for blood. And then…WE TAKE ALL THE LOOT they stole from our ancestors and build new empires without them.

        That would scare the living hell out of them for sure.

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  6. But Jesus is white or at least that’s what they’ll have us believe.

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  8. You actually beat me on writing about Hollywood’s white Savior syndrome and adoption of African or Asian babies issue.
    I also agree with you that there are genuine folks out there, normal white people for whom adopting a baby of color is not a I want to feel good about myself or trendy thinge issue but a genuine reason like truly cherishing a child but on the other hand, it has not escaped women of color feminists including me “white women can be better mothers then women of color be black,brown, yellow etc” because they are economically stable, educated, and just better then colored women as mothers.
    I hate this type of patronization, condescension and crap doled out as on the darker note the drive to control pregnancies, contraception and abortion is being done by white folks against women of color pregnancies.
    See for me is simple:
    A white girl’s pregnancy at 19 is lauded, but a Muslim brown 19 mother to be berated. I think you are getting my point here!!!

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    • truthangel07 says:

      It’s a double-standard afforded to white people, via, the advantages of White Privilege.

      And let us not forget the babymamma reality shows featuring mostly white single teenage mothers.

      Is this not hypocrisy or what?

      I remember how bad white people used to berate single Black women for having children out of wedlock when I was a kid.

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      • Exactly, hypocrisy at its worst.
        Actually, I also remember a step further that the mentality was like marriage is for white, civilized people while people of color can live in sin and without having their marriage blessed by Jesus, Mohammad etc.
        On the hindsight, it was also ok for black/brown women to be sexual slaves of those civilized educated white men. ..

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      • truthangel07 says:

        The behavior you see in many Black people today is slave behavior passed down from those plantations. White slave masters wouldn’t allow slaves to marry, but encouraged them to have sex–to produce Black babies to sell. A built in production system–pure evil.

        It’s strange how the past can keep you imprisoned.

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      • Yes I agree with you, this and some other sobering points were driven home when my grandpa handed me “Roots” to read.
        The bodies of women of color, black and otherwise have systematically been controlled by white men in history and till date.
        Many white men and women continue to stay in that prison, because after my http://saadiahaq.wordpress.com/2014/07/04/the-civilised-mans-dehumanized-colored-bodies/ some of them sent me emails explaining how I had overstepped their shiny white toes.
        Pathetic, I have nothing against white people but they need to wake up that white supremacy ain’t doing nothing for me!!!

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      • truthangel07 says:

        Sent you e-mails? Really?

        Those people just can’t bear to hear the awful truth of their depravity over time, as well as the present.

        I don’t entertain it.

        For about 6 months, I had some white bitch kept trying to flame my blog with her objections to some of my articles. I banned her at least 7 or 8 times, but she still kept stalking this one thread (10 Rules For White Women Married to Black Men). Her arrogance just couldn’t accept the truth I spoke, and the racism in her wouldn’t let her discontinue in her disrespect toward my blog of me. Get this, she’s involved with a Black man. Big surprise? I set her behind straight.

        Just glancing through my blog, how can anyone miss the profound point I make in promoting issues that pertain to the African American experience.

        For absolutely no reason at all, I will not esteem white people on this blog. And I let them know point blank, I will ban their asses if they violate.

        I won’t tolerate it.

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      • Yes, emails were only the start. I was reminded of my follies at work and also put into very awkward professional and private situations. And yes, you are right they can’t take it.
        I am absolutely fascinated by you and really inspired by how you deal with this all, truly it hit quite many nerves ahem! I just went to that post to see its threads!
        Yes, and that was too arrogant and selfish of her to not note that your blog is about the African American experience and struggles if I may be permitted to add.
        You do well, they don’t need any esteem and I find it very offensive that white people and in particular want continued validation of their good deeds and alliance towards us sisters of color. Its exhausting I can navigate my ship ALONE, minus the whinny and patronizing crew.
        Its sad because I do have few white feminists, who are Muslim Americans and their way of showing alliance is quite different from the rest of the crowd.
        Cant help but have a really funny smile on my face while reading the… “I will ban their asses if they violate. I won’t tolerate it.”

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      • truthangel07 says:

        And I have. Girl, I was like, is this bitch crazy? She’s from Georgia too. I had her IP address–I know someone on the police force and in the FBI who could locate her with no problem.

        She still wouldn’t stop.

        God forbid, I don’t want to talk her up–she’s actually stopped for the last 2 months, so, let’s keep our fingers crossed.

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      • Good on you and I am real glad that you have your own support mechanism (don’t want to assume or presume or offend) and really hope she won’t be bothering you.
        I also like how you have addressed this neurotic in a candid fashion at your blog. At the end of the day, no one forces to her to read it.
        Fingers crossed, and yes you are welcome and feel free to visit mine and leave your thoughts/ feedback, I ask this because it will help me become a better writer and have better coherence in my narratives.Thanks a lot.

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      • truthangel07 says:

        Thank you very much. I will visit your blog.

        I’m also a published writer. You can check out my books on Amazon. The latest one out is the first one listed. Here’s the link: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Sonya%20Lavette%20Bell&sprefix=Sonya%2Caps&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3ASonya%20Lavette%20Bell

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      • Thank you, whenever you have free time and feel like reading my ramblings.
        Oh, wow. Thanks for the link, so fascinating Sonya I am on it.
        As I am writing on racism, struggles of people of color issues I have some quick ideas; do you give interviews by any chance? I would love to have an Q/A with you for The Human Lens, I think I/ my readers will be honored and enjoy it. Think it over and if you do think like the idea we can it over email considering we are on opposite side of the globe… 😉

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      • truthangel07 says:

        My e-mail is MyJourney07@Yahoo.com. I’d be honored to be interviewed. Where are you located?

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      • It cane focus around your published work, up coming work in the light of African American perspective, we will go ahead with what you agree and choose to speak, discuss or answer.
        In my professional capacity, am a journalist and gender/media trainer focusing human rights. Will leave you think over it and best wishes for your work.

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      • truthangel07 says:

        Sure…you have my e-mail. I appreciate your interest.

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      • Across airwaves from Pakistan! 😀
        Will send you an email in this week for sure, thanks

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      • thanks, hope its not a problem that am from Pakistan?

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      • truthangel07 says:

        And THANK YOU for the compliment. Feel free to come here anytime…

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