The National Geographic magazine recognizes its past – for decades, the covers have been racist, say representatives of the publication.
For most of its 130-year history, the magazine portrayed colored people in rough stereotypes. His archives contain images of “natives” with brown skin, who look with obvious fear of Western technology, as well as articles relating to tribal peoples as “savages.” And, of course, many, many photos of naked women of the Pacific islands are striking frank poses.
National Geographic Editor-in-Chief Susan Goldberg hired John Edwin Mason, a professor at the University of Virginia, specializing in the history of photography and African history, to plunge into the past of the magazine. On Monday, she announced the findings: for many years the magazine remained racist.
“What Mason found in brief – until the 1970s, National Geographic ignored the color equivalence of people other than those who lived in the United States,” Goldberg wrote. “Meanwhile, he portrayed” natives “in other places as exotic, often stripped, happy hunters, noble savages – all kinds of clichés.”
National Geographic has for many years faced criticism for presenting information about the world through a narrow “white” view.