The White Savior Industrial Complex By Shawn Humphry

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The “challenge” of living in simulated poverty is only half of what the Two Dollar Challenge is really about. The other side is doing the fourteen readings, short stories, and blog posts and five films. These readings focused on topics surrounding the “white-savior industrial complex” and how local people are working to solve their communities’ problems. The conversations that took place surrounding these readings and films were also helpful when analyzing some of the more controversial articles. Shawn Humphry’s The Do-Gooder Industrial Complex describes the current way that many people “do good” in relation to global poverty. Humphry argues that we should move from “Be a voice for the voiceless” to “Why not try listening?” and “Barefoot Child = Poor Child” to “Barefoot Child = Child who may prefer not to wear her shoes at that very moment” Humphry believes that “solutions come from within, are bottom up, and flow from local communities.” (Humphry, “The Do-Gooder Industrial Complex”) The articles call for a move from sympathy to empathy is key to the way people should think about aid. Sympathy is move of an outsider view of feeling sorry for people in poverty, while empathy is more inclusive because it is based on understanding. The way people view poverty seems to be the first step in the process of helping “better.” Meg Short talked briefly about her experience in Botswana and how the other students and her felt like they should be doing something. They thought that since

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