National Geographic has acknowledged its ‘appalling’ racist coverage of people of colour, including Indigenous Australians, in the past.

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“For decades, our coverage was racist” reads the forthright headline for National Geographic as the iconic magazine looks back at its coverage of people of colour.

National Geographic called on University of Virginia professor Jason Mason to examine its history of covering people of colour in Australia, the US and around the world.

The magazine wanted to examine how it had presented race throughout its history to rise above its past.

Prof Mason, a professor of African history, said the magazine failed to acknowledge people of colour in the US, outside of labourers and domestic workers, in its early issues.

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