National Geographic's Latest Cover Challenges The Social Concept Of Race

In its latest edition, National Geographic has explored the complex issue of race, taking an introspective look at its own dubious past in the process. Keen to acknowledge years of "appalling" reporting, editor Susan Goldberg has addressed the magazine's bigoted reporting in an article with the unequivocal headline: "For Decades, Our Coverage Was Racist."

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To illustrate the issue, National Geographic has chosen a photograph of twin sisters Marcia and Millie Biggs. While Millie has black hair and brown skin like her father, who's of Jamaican descent, Marcia has light brown hair and fair skin like her English-born mother.

The fraternal twins were born on the same day, from the same womb, and share the same parents, proving once again the widely accepted point among geneticists that the social concept of race "has no genetic or scientific basis".

As Amanda, the girls' mother, explains, the twins have not faced racism – just simple curiosity. "As time went on", she notes, "people just saw the beauty in them." While Amanda calls her daughters her "one in a million" miracle, statistical geneticist Alicia Martin explains that it's actually not rare to have fraternal twins look more like one parent than the other. 

You can read more about National Geographic's shocking past coverage of non-white cultures right here.