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National Geographic store mea culpa for years of racist policies

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‘Dozens of years, it was our reporting racist’, says editor-in-chief of National Geographic in the April issue that in the character of race.

Since the April issue of National Geographic about race‘, we decided to make our own history under the microscope before we go to others’, writes editor-in-chief Susan Goldberg in the comments. They therefore asked John Edwin Mason, professor of African history, to the archives of the nearly 130-year-old leaf in diving. He had a long-standing tradition of racism in the text, the choice of subject and the photography.

‘The years ‘70, spent National Geographic as well as no attention to colored people in the United States, ” says Goldberg. ‘In the meantime, we asked the original residents in other places as “exotic”, often photographed without clothes, as cheerful hunters, and noble barbarians – every type of cliché.’

Lowest intelligence

“I am the tenth editor-in-chief of National Geographic since 1888, it was established’, she writes. “I am the first woman and the first jewish who held the post of governor – two groups that also were once discriminated against. It hurts for the terrible stories from the past of the leaf to share.’

For instance, in 1916 a whole song dedicated to Australia. The Aborigines, the original inhabitants of the continent, were described as ‘savages’ who are ‘the lowest intelligence of all types of people.


In contrast to, for example, the magazine Life did National Geograpic hardly his readers beyond the stereotypes to look, concluded professor Mason also.

A confession is more than in place, says editor-in-chief Goldberg. ‘So many of the terrible events in the past centuries can be traced to the belief that one race is inferior compared to another’, citing them as one of her writers. ‘But making a distinction between races remains our politics, neighborhoods and our self-image.”

With the number, on the occasion of the commemoration of the assassination of civil rights advocate Martin Luther King fifty years ago, wants the magazine, its readers think about race. On the cover Marcia and Millie Biggs, twin sisters who are white and black.

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