The White Savior industrial complex is a well-established problem. Similar to the “voluntourist,” the White Savior travels to other countries with the idea of helping people, but often fails to understand the complexity of their problems and can even end up making things worse. One symptom of the White Savior is that they tend to perpetuate gross stereotypes on social media in posts also known as “poverty porn.”
So RustyRadiator and Barbie Savior started a new campaign called #NoStereotypes. The also published a guide with four basic principles (including a handy checklist!) for those who are dedicated to volunteering abroad on how to avoid these kinds of posts. The video can be a cringeworthy at times, but there’s nothing quite as influential as a bit of biting satire.