I understand the negative impacts that "white savior" themes can have in the movies, but I have questions on how this translates to real life. For example, in the situation of Hidden Figures. The video states that the white male played by Kevin Costner was not real. But if there was a white person in such a leadership role (which was of course likely at that time and today as well), how would that person be an ally without being a savior? How should he have handled the situation in order to be an ally? In the movie Mississippi Burning, what should have the officers done differently to advocate for the rights of the men who were killed?
These type of questions are what I struggle with the most. So many of the videos in this training and other things I've read state that as white people, we need to be the ones to stand up and start speaking out against racism since we are the group in power, but I guess I am confused on how to do that without coming across as a "savior". This being said, I definitely understand the underlying messages that come across in these types of films and I see how they can permeate society in a negative way.