The “white savior” mentality… is far too prevalent and accepted in the American protestant church. We often don’t even see it because it’s such a significant part of our narrative. Without words, the narrative communicates that white people are better, smarter, more capable of holding the power strings. It places us as central, and others are peripheral. It is one of the cultural tragedies built by the variations of formal and informal colonialism that few of us what to face:
We didn’t do it, right?
That’s not our story.
My family didn’t own slaves.
But we still benefit from historical power structures. The system is set up for us, and it often gives us power without us even having to ask for it. We can be white without even knowing we’re white.
– Pondering Privilege, Jody Wiley Fernando