‘National Geographic’ Reckons With Its Past: ‘For Decades, Our Coverage Was Racist’ : The Two-Way : NPR

“[U]ntil the 1970s National Geographic all but ignored people of color who lived in the United States, rarely acknowledging them beyond laborers or domestic workers,” writes Goldberg in the issue’s editor letter, where she discusses Mason’s findings. “Meanwhile it pictured ‘natives’ elsewhere as exotics, famously and frequently unclothed, happy hunters, noble savages—every type of cliché.”

Source: ‘National Geographic’ Reckons With Its Past: ‘For Decades, Our Coverage Was Racist’ : The Two-Way : NPR

 

It seemed obvious to me they are racist!

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2 Replies to “‘National Geographic’ Reckons With Its Past: ‘For Decades, Our Coverage Was Racist’ : The Two-Way : NPR”

  1. As a child in the early 1960s, I recall older boys with copies of that magazine. It was happy to sometimes show the naked breasts of African women, at a time when pornography showing white women was expensive, and very hard to find. When Sunday newspaper supplements became all the rage in the 70s, even respectable publications like The Sunday Times were pleased to feature photo essays showing naked African women, suggesting that this was very ‘different’ to seeing a naked white woman.
    And that was just 40 years ago.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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