Louise Linton just wrote the perfect White-Savior-in-Africa story
In this review article, Karen Attiah breaks down how Louise Litton story about her ‘trip to Africa’ is flawed and offensive. She uses terms that hark back to the 19th century and shows ignorance that reflects little or no research prior to travel.
|article||5 minutes||KAREN ATTIAH||07-06-2016||https://www.washingtonpost.com/|
|karen attiah||2018-06-19 00:00:00 UTC|
SummaryKaren Attiah explains the context of Louise Linton’s story - she is a young white woman who travelled to Zambia in 1999 and unwittingly became endangered in the conflict occurring in the area at the time.
Linton goes on to write a quintessentially racist and ignorant piece, placing herself at the center of the ‘African’ story. Attiah uses the piece to make her own version of the classic article "How to Write about Africa." Attiah uses overt examples from Linton’s story to highlight the following blunders in books and article like Linton’s: