Lord Varys Posted March 12 Share Posted March 12 (edited) 1 hour ago, Craving Peaches said: Okay, thank you for clarifying, and sorry if I got a bit cross. I have seen a worrying number of people on the internet genuinely buying into the 'Mission to Civilise' argument as justification for all sorts of atrocities. I mean, that is the legitimate criticism you can have for genuine 'white savior' narratives - that it paints certain peoples as needing saving from higher cultured people. Insofar as they go hand in hand with the racist colonizer agenda they are certainly deeply problematic. But if you take something like, say, 'Dances With the Wolves' then the only point you can criticize there is that Kevin Costner's character is interested in peoples/cultures that are not his own. It isn't his fault that he is a white dude from the US, and there is nothing wrong with wanting to broaden your horizon and learning things about other people and perhaps even joining them to the point that you feel comfortable with. On a meta-level one can criticize that there are too many stories of that sort compared to stories about Indian/indigenous peoples from their point of view. But this doesn't mean stories like that are inherently bad or problematic. Edited March 12 by Lord Varys Craving Peaches, Aejohn the Conqueroo and Morte 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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