Kind of. I am a Women & Gender Studies professor who specializes in race, class, gender, and their representation in popular culture, so I always approach material with a more critical eye.
I especially look at this genre of literature with suspicion, and by genre I am referring to what non-white people call "the white savior to colored people" syndrome. Think of The Principal, Freedom Writers, Dangerous Minds, Invictus, The Blind Side, Different Strokes, Avatar, Gran Torino, Dances with Wolves, Amistad......need I go on?
While I loved the book, did we really need another story of a well-meaning white person who supposed changed the lives of non-white people for the better? Why can't we get a story of a well-meaning non-white person who changes the lives of white people for the better? I think that would make a good story line too.