‘National Geographic’ Confronts Its Own Racist Past
They’re turning the lens inward. For its April issue on race, the venerable magazine — helmed by its first female editor, Susan Goldberg — has announced it’s reckoning with its past coverage, hiring historian John Edwin Mason to dig into its archives. Mason found that for much of its 130-year history, National Geographic didn’t adequately challenge racist stereotypes, depicting native cultures as primitive and stagnant. While past issues mainly showed the world through the eyes of white Westerners, Mason suggests the magazine would benefit from a more diverse pool of contributors.