National Geographic is known worldwide as a magazine where you can learn about animals from countries far away, or different cultures, or a look at issues happening around you. It's a organization that celebrates diversity and connects people with the idea that we're all human.
But the magazine wasn't always so inclusive and is now owning up to that fact. The company first put out the magazine in 1888 is acknowledging that for quite some time in its history, it covered the world though a very racist lens.
So what kind of racism are we talking about here?
For starters in a 1916 article about the indigenous people in Australia the caption on one photo reportedly read "South Australian Blackfellows: These savages rank lowest in intelligence of all human beings."
The magazine also used to repeatedly refer to people of different cultures as "savages," "unintelligent," and "unsophisticated."
The magazines current editor-in-chief, Susan Goldberg, writes that "For Decades, Our Coverage Was Racist. To Rise Above Our Past, We Must Acknowledge It."
National Geographic has done it's best to move on from that kind of coverage Goldberg said, and the magazine is reportedly going to try to make real strides in terms of racial and ethnic diversity.
Source: Globe and Mail