I don’t like this expression ‘First World problems.’ It is false and it is condescending. Yes, Nigerians struggle with floods or infant mortality. But these same Nigerians also deal with mundane and seemingly luxurious hassles. Connectivity issues on your BlackBerry, cost of car repair, how to sync your iPad, what brand of noodles to buy: Third World problems. All the silly stuff of life doesn’t disappear just because you’re black and live in a poorer country. People in the richer nations need a more robust sense of the lives being lived in the darker nations. Here’s a First World problem: the inability to see that others are as fully complex and as keen on technology and pleasure as you are.
Teju Cole (via semperes)
I literally use this expression all the time. But you know what? I’ll think twice before saying it now. And I think that’s what tumblr should be about. People being educated and changing their behavior. Not people shaming other people for things they don’t know, or just because they’re different. We have such an opportunity to learn and grow together, let’s not squander it, okay?
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