Name's Tesha. 19. I am lost within myself and this world, trying to discover who I am and who I am meant to be. If you meet me I'd love nothing more than for you to be frank and tell me your life story. I am young and restless, in love and contagious. Come along if you want to.
A white college student from a private college goes into a poor neighborhood and volunteers four hours a week and that’s considered exemplary. [Whereas] a poor kid who lives in that community and takes care of all the kids in that neighborhood four hours every day is not seen as a volunteer.
Patricia Hill Collins (via sadbrownprincess)
I HATE the concept of community service that high schools and colleges use. For this exact reason. Real activism and service (that is primarily done by the oppressed out of necessity or in support of their own community) is never counted.
PoC, “third-world”/Global South people and poor people DON’T exist just so some pretentious little white/Western bourgeois fuck can improve their resume and boost their white savior ego. (via the-uncensored-she)
I’m not sure how I feel about this commentary. I get the double standard, which is absolutely unacceptable. However, without community service - how are other people going to learn? I have seen students change their entire lives because of the service they have done - especially in college. I have seen people dedicate their lives to working with immigrants, working with other programs because they truly believe that they can help to change to systems set in place to keep people stuck in their situations - simply because it’s the right thing to do. Not this “white man’s burden” concept we love to bring up. I think that has its own space. There shouldn’t be a reason to hate required community service. There should be a reason to hate the mindset, the systems that keep people stuck, and the double standard.(via imjustanotheremptysoul)