links for 2011-02-03

  • “And so it is curious to me–a woman who loves a black man who loves nature–how noticeably absent people of color are from most televised nature programs.

    “This struck me over the weekend after spending a few hours watching National Geographic programming with Mr. What Tami Said. The lack of diversity is particularly evident to me when the focus is on animals indigenous to places with majority brown or black populations. The predominate view of most nature programs seems to be that of the colonizer. Program after program focuses on white American or European scientists and tourist relationships with animals. We are asked to relate to (white) explorers as they push into a remote wilderness in some dark and ‘uncivilized’ spot. We are to thrill at their knowledge of ‘exotic’ animals and their proximity to dangerous beasts. We watch as they ‘discover’ and ‘conquer’ nature.”