A National Geographic editor has been feeling the heat after calling herself a white, privileged person in her email signature.
Susan Goldberg, who works as the magazine’s editor-in-chief, has gone viral after adding a ‘woke’ signature to her June newsletter.
In the release, the editor invited readers to join the Race Card Project, an initiative that asks people to describe their experience surrounding race in just six words.
As seen in Goldberg’s newsletter signature, the editor chose the following six words for her race card: “white, privileged, with much to learn.”
“These aren’t just binary conversations about Black and white people,” her letter explained. “It pulls at all manner of cultural threads, from Latinos and Indigenous people to Asians and Iranians.
“So, what’s my race card? This is a hard exercise, but reflecting on the difficult past year, on our fraught politics, and so many frank conversations I’ve had with friends and colleagues, for now I’ll leave it at this: ‘White, privileged, with much to learn.’”
While some people soon followed suit, others couldn’t help but mock the editor for being “ashamed” of her race.
“If she’s ashamed of her race, her class, and her ignorance, maybe she should resign,” writer and psychology professor Geoffrey Miller tweeted.
“America surely has the most insufferable elite,” conservative writer Rod Dreher added.
Meanwhile, a number of people threatened to boycott Nat Geo after a series of Race Cards prepared by different people were shared on Twitter.
“I am ashamed of my ancestor’s race,” one white woman who joined the controversial project said.
In the follow-up tweet, her reasoning is explained.“Lindsey Lovel Heidrich was born in Arkansas and her ancestors ran a small plantation in Georgia and owned slaves. ‘When I try and bring things up, or I try and criticize the south, you know, it’s never gone over great with my family,’” the explanation read.
“Black boy. White world, Perpetually exhausted,” one young man, who allegedly had a “frightening encounter” with the police, wrote in his race card.
“I am not an exotic creature,” another card prepared by Hana Peoples read. According to the tweet, Hana “said the constant guessing game about her identity, as well as the harassment and unwanted attention she’s received from ‘creepy men,’ makes her feel like a specimen.”
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