This is the “Gap Yah” video that became really popular a couple years ago. I was re-watching it today and it reminded me of my biggest fear, actually being someone like this.
Like I know this video is meant to make fun of people like that, but in all seriousness, sadly I’ve met a lot of people like that. People like that meaning people, often from more developed countries and privileged backgrounds who approach underprivileged communities in either their home countries or abroad in a patronizing manner. This trend is often racially divided, with whites patronizing other racial groups of color, revoking the idea of the White Man’s Burden.
However, I would like to point out that while there is a trend for white people to act this way towards others of color, I do not think that this phenomenon is limited to whites. Rather, it can occur in any group of a privileged background, regardless of race. Which is why, I, despite being a woman of color, worry about coming off a patronizing.
The thing is, of the people I have met who have come off this way, this way meaning oh let me go help these poor people because they can’t help themselves! it’s not that these people have bad intentions; rather I feel like most people I’ve met have a genuine desire to help these people. What is sad though, is that they don’t realize they are being patronizing.
This is why I think the best way to avoid becoming like that, is to be conscious of it. After seeing so many people who are patronizing like this, I try my best to think about whether I am that way too. While I try to do a good amount of self-policing, I do think the honest opinion of good friends is helpful too!
Ok I realize that post kind of came off as abstract, and for those of you who don’t know me, may not make sense. I’ll try to post more about my aspirations in a later post. That’s all for now folks! lol