National Geographic acknowledges racist coverage

National Geographic acknowledges racist coverage

National Geographic acknowledged on Monday that it covered the world through a racist lens for generations, with its magazine portrayals of bare-breasted women and naive brown-skinned tribesmen as savage, unsophisticated and unintelligent.

The magazine chose to do this, as Ms. Goldberg put it, because "we have a duty, in every story, to present accurate and authentic depictions-a duty heightened when we cover fraught issues such as race". But rarely - if ever - did National Geographic show African Americans or anyone not Caucasian at home or overseas in positions as much else than laborers or "workers".

She said John Edwin Mason, a University of Virginia professor who specializes in the history of photography and history of Africa, helped analyze Nat Geo's previous work - and found that it "did little to push its readers beyond the stereotypes ingrained in the white American culture".

Ms Goldberg said some of the magazine's archive material left her "speechless", including a 1916 photo of Australian Aborigines with the caption "South Australian Blackfellows: These savages rank lowest in intelligence of all human beings". The only black people are doing exotic dances ... servants or workers. A more cynical view of National Geographic's decision to dive into its own history might be seen as a preemptive reaction to what it could see coming: the Internet (the new "public") would naturally tear apart the magazine for confronting racial issues in such a head-on manner without confronting its own issues around the topic. "To rise above our past, we must acknowledge it".

"I knew when we looked back there would be some storytelling that we obviously would never do today, that we don't do and we're not proud of", she told AP.

So what kind of racism are we talking about here? "People of color were often pictured as living as if their ancestors might have lived several hundreds of years ago and that's in contrast to westerners who are always fully clothed and often carrying technology".

As National Geographic prepared to look at race in its April issue, the company had to take a hard look at its own history in how it told stories and portrayed differences in both skin tone and culture. "National Geographic comes into existence at the height of colonialism, and the world was divided into the colonizers and the colonized", Goldberg quotes him as saying. It now can be found in 172 countries and in 43 languages every month.

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