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First Name Basis Podcast

Dec 15, 2020

Are you serving or trying to save? In this episode I unpack white saviorism and the detrimental effect that it has on communities in our backyard and across the globe. If you want to transform your good intentions into confident action consider these 5 reflection questions:

  1. Is the organization I’m partnering with led by BIPOC?
  2. Where am I on my anti-racism journey? What preconceived notions do I have about the community I am serving? 
  3. When and how am I going to learn about the history of the community I am serving? 
  4. What is my attitude towards the people I am working with? 
  5. What am I going to do if my service begins to look more like saviorism? 


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What Is A White Savior Complex

Me & White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

Britt Hawthorne Patreon Community 

The White Savior Industrial Complex by Teju Cole

No White Saviors 

“Kill the Indian, Save the Man” Captain Richard H. Pratt

How the US Stole Thousands of Native American Children

LDS Indian Placement Program

Things No One Tells You About Going On Short-term Mission Trips

When Helping Hurts


Song Credit: “Sleeper” by Steve Adams” and “Dive Down” by VYEN