'National Geographic' Reckons With Its Past: 'For Decades, Our Coverage Was Racist'!
Reader growing up in the deep south, National Geographic was a favorite magazine of mine. It's safe to say that it contributed to my curiosity about the world. However, as much as I enjoyed the magazine and it's beautiful photography, the images of people of color depicted as savages definitely had a psychological impact. Words, reinforced by images, are powerful instruments in the toolkit of institutionalized racism.
The magazine decided it had better take a good hard look at its own history So the April issue is devoted to the subject of race, including asking a professor of African history and the history of photography to dive through the magazine's archive. They found a long tradition of racism: in text, choice of subjects and photography. Here's what it found.( You Can Read It Here)