tbh it annoys me when people go ‘fuck all of europe’ when there are problems here and then they go and praise the non-western world like it’s a utopia. like if you had any inkling of the kind of shit our leaders do you wouldn’t be saying that so carelessly. don’t make our home countries into this fetishised, noble savage utopia.
sometimes i see people doing this…like awful non-western leaders get praised for standing up to colonialism for some gesture- when actually they did something utterly tokenistic while continuing to emulate our old colonial rulers by continuing to exploit people. they rail against ‘the West’ while they have no problems growing fat on the capitalist economic system instituted by colonial rule. or some statue or prestige skyscraper or other building is held up as ‘POC achievement’ when it’s actually a project marred in corruption, where the govt wasted millions on it instead of using it to help people (because that’s less sexy than a new skyscraper or statue). it’s like if we uncritically buy this, we’re just becoming complicit in their corrupt system- they use these things to often attract revenue from Westerners (which they hoard and worsen economic inequality).
absolutely do criticise wealthy, developed Western countries, especially for their hypocrisy- but don’t act as if they’ve got a monopoly on being ‘problematic’, don’t act as if the non-western and developing world doesn’t also have racism, religious intolerance, economic inequality and a whole raft of other issues. it’s also shitting on the non-western activists who are campaigning to raise awareness about the problems in their country to pushback against our governments who love to just wrap everything up in shiny wrapping paper and pretend we’re perfect tourist destinations.