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The Banality of Sentimentality

The White Savior Industrial Complex´╗┐

Seven Tweets by Teju Cole

1- From Sachs to Kristof to Invisible Children to TED, the fastest growth industry in the US is the White Savior Industrial Complex.

2- The white savior supports brutal policies in the morning, founds charities in the afternoon, and receives awards in the evening.

3- The banality of evil transmutes into the banality of sentimentality. The world is nothing but a problem to be solved by enthusiasm.

4- This world exists simply to satisfy the needs—including, importantly, the sentimental needs—of white people and Oprah.

5- The White Savior Industrial Complex is not about justice. It is about having a big emotional experience that validates privilege.

6- Feverish worry over that awful African warlord. But close to 1.5 million Iraqis died from an American war of choice. Worry about that.

7- I deeply respect American sentimentality, the way one respects a wounded hippo. You must keep an eye on it, for you know it is deadly.

Posted on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 10:00PM by Registered CommenterMark Forrester | Comments1 Comment

Reader Comments (1)

I think this series of tweets makes a powerful and important poem.
March 8, 2012 | Registered CommenterMark Forrester

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