“Reason to Hope?”: The White Savior Myth and Progress in “Post-Racial” America

@article{Maurantonio2017ReasonTH,
  title={“Reason to Hope?”: The White Savior Myth and Progress in “Post-Racial” America},
  author={Nicole Maurantonio},
  journal={Journalism \& Mass Communication Quarterly},
  year={2017},
  volume={94},
  pages={1130 - 1145}
}
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