Saying “But there are starving kids in Africa!” without paying attention to what’s happening in your own backyard perpetuates the idea that oppression is something only other (read: marginalized) groups do. There are starving children in Africa for sure [who certainly deserve our attention!], but, owing to racist and classist policies, there are starving children in the US, too…
Not only do comments like this derail important conversations – they appropriate suffering in developing countries to avoid being introspective about one’s own culture."
Surprise, y/our culture isn’t perfect! This is extraordinarily relevant to 90% of the messages that enter my inbox. (via fuck-yeah-feminist)