From the editor of National Geographic Magazine, Susan Goldberg, concerning the April issue of our magazine that is dedicated to the topic of race:
This special issue, which we are calling The Race Issue, marks the beginning of a series of stories exploring race and diversity in America – what it is and, perhaps more important, what it isn’t – informed by the latest research, individual experiences and unparalleled visual storytelling that is the hallmark of National Geographic.
It’s my hope that this magazine issue fosters a constructive discussion about race, dispelling myths and helping to move us forward in a positive way.
here's an interesting article regarding this issue, with a survey initiated by Editor Goldberg --->
This article make all the same points as the book Reading National Geographic (Collins and Lutz) but even on this site that book is denigrated as having "too many (some glaring) inaccuracies. Use with caution and corroboration."
This issue shows the racist views held by the magazine. A reckoning was long overdue..
We all seem to have our blind spots. In reading the issues from 100 years ago I've noticed that many time an author would espouse progressive views on things like immigration or education and then, in almost the same breath, talk about "our Southern darkies". I've glossed over this fact in my reviews. Maybe I should take harder look at it in the future.