Formerly, "This is Africa/fyeahAfrica".
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(since Oct. 21th 2012)
An allowance for life had always been made for really vicious people, who for too long had said the kind of things to helpless people which really applied to their own twisted, perverted hearts.
Those who spat at what they thought was inferior were really the ‘low, filthy people’ of the earth, because decent people cannot behave that way.
Excerpt from Maru by Bessie Head.
This book has been an eye-opener in so many ways, highly recommend it.
In Botswana they say: Zebras, Lions, Buffalo and Bushmen live in the Kalahari Desert. If you can catch a Zebra, you can walk up to it, forcefully open its mouth and examine its teeth. The Zebra is not supposed to mind because it is an animal.
Scientists do the same to Bushmen and they are not supposed to mind, because there is no one they can still round to and say, ‘At least I am not a —-‘.
Of all things that are said of oppressed people, the worst things are said and done to the Bushmen. Ask the scientists. Haven’t the yet written a treatise on how Bushmen are an oddity of the human race, who are half the head of a man and half the body of a donkey?
Because you don’t go poking into the organs of people unless they are animals or dead.
Some people have declared that they have been offended by the publication in Numéro magazine n°141 of March 2013, of an editorial realized by the photographer Sebastian Kim called “African Queen”, featuring the American model Ondria Hardin posing as an “African queen”, her skin painted in black.
The artistic statement of the photographer Sebastian Kim, author of this editorial, is in line with his previous photographic creations, which insist on the melting pot and the mix of cultures, the exact opposite of any skin color based discrimination. Numéro has always supported the artistic freedom of the talented photographers who work with the magazine to illustrate its pages, and has not took part in the creation process of this editorial.
For its part, Numéro Magazine, which has the utmost respect for this photographer’s creative work, firmly excludes that the latest may have had, at any moment, the intention to hurt readers’ sensitivity, whatever their origin.
Numéro Magazine considers that it has regularly demonstrated its deep attachment to the promotion of different skin-colored models. For instance, the next issue of Numéro for Man on sale on 15th march has the black model Fernando Cabral on the cover page, and the current Russian edition’s cover of our magazine features the black model Naomi Campbell on its cover. This demonstrates the completely inappropriate nature of the accusations made against our magazine, deeply committed to the respect for differences, tolerance and more generally to non-discrimination.
Considering the turmoil caused by this publication, the Management of Numéro Magazine would like to apologize to anyone who may have been offended by this editorial.
The apology from Numéro Magazine concerning their highly offensive and down-right racist ‘African Queen’ photoshoot that featured a young white model with highly bronzed skin, saying that the photographer’s intention was simply to highlight racial and cultural diversity.
They go on to defend the photographer’s ‘creative work’ and state that because they’ve featured two black models on separate issues, this is a clear demonstration of their non-racist ethics. Except this isn’t about whether or not they’ve featured black models in their magazines, this is about the publishing of an insulting editorial that lacks even an ounce of racial , historical and cultural sensitivity.
I really don’t care if the photographer’s intention was of a creative disposition - intent doesn’t matter in cases like this, it’s the final product which in this case is clearly racist and a display of blackface.
There’s absolutely no justification for Kim and Numéro’s actions, not when there are plenty of black models in the industry to chose from (not to mention this could’ve been a great way for the magazine to boost a newcomer’s career), and especially because far too many incidents have happened in the past and outrage has been expressed at the offensive nature of these so-called ‘artistic expressions’ that bear similarities to this editorial.
They really ought to have known better.