Climate advocate, Vanessa Nakate wasn’t pleased by the actions of the Associated Press after the media house removed her from a photo taken with her white peers in Davos.
Vanessa Nakate was at a press conference alongside other peers campaigning for environmental issues but everything turned sour for her when she later realised she had been erased from a group photo.
Nakate accused the media of racism after The Associated Press news agency removed her from a photograph taken with fellow activists Greta Thunberg, Loukina Tille, Luisa Neubauer and Isabelle Axelsson.
Social media went on a frenzy to support the Ugandan climate advocate who took the battle online to call out on racism and misrepresentation of people of colour.
The image was taken on Friday after the young campaigners gave a press conference in the Swiss resort, where they had been invited by the organisers of the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) whose agenda this year focused heavily on environmental issues.
Ugandan climate advocate, Vanessa Nakate was shocked after finding out she had been removed from a photograph
Nakate was shocked to find out that she had been removed from the photograph she had taken with her fellow activists at the annual forum forcing her to take action.
“I was cropped out of this photo! Why?” Nakate asked on her Twitter account on Friday.
“You didn’t just erase a photo. You erased a continent. But I am stronger than ever,” said the 23-year-old, who posted an almost 11-minute-long video on the social media platform.
Vanessa Nakate’s tweet read;
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What it means to be removed from a photo! — Vanessa Nakate (@vanessa_vash) January 24, 2020
After posting on her Twitter, users were angered by the news and took it upon themselves to demand the change of the photograph referring to it as an act of racism.
Twitter users expressed their anger at the news agency demanding immediate action and urging them to remove the cropped photograph and share one of all the activists.
Some of the tweets read;
After the tweets got lots of traction, AP was pressured by the backlash forcing the media house to remove the photo and replace it with one showing all the activists.
“We regret publishing a photo this morning that cropped out Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate, the only person of color in the photo,” Sally Buzbee, the agency’s executive editor, said in a statement.
“We have spoken internally with our journalists and we will learn from this error in judgment,” the statement added.
The controversy has sparked a serious debate among Western media houses in regards to covering climate activists of colour with growing concerns pointing at racism.
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