Ugandan climate activist cropped out of a picture taken with white counterparts

Ugandan climate activist cropped out of a picture taken with white counterparts

Climate activist Vanessa Nakate who had been invited to attend a youth climate science event in Switzerland noticed she had been cropped out of a photograph, where she appeared alongside activists Greta Thunberg, Isabelle Axelsson, Luisa Neubauer and Loukina Tille when news coverage of the event emerged.

“This is the first time in my life that I understood the definition of the word racism,” Nakate said in a video statement released online.

Nakate confronted AP about the incident on Twitter, writing “Why did you remove me from the photo? I was part of the group!”

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In a video statement published online, Nakate said: “I see the photos and I clearly see how I was cropped out of the photos.

“My message was left out, and my photo was left out as well,” she said.

“You didn’t just erase a photo. You erased a continent. But I am stronger than ever,” Nakate said later on Twitter.

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However, in a statement released on Friday, AP Executive Editor Sally Buzbee apologized for the incident.

“We regret publishing a photo this morning that cropped out Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate, the only person of colour in the photo. As a news organization, we care deeply about accurately representing the world that we cover,” Buzbee said.

The AP article Nakate referred to now contains an image showing her and other climate activists during a news conference.a