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A critique of Western media's "tribalization" of African news coverage, beginning with the accounts of the European so-called explorers who went to "discover" Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries and including the coverage of Africa by Western newspapers, including The New York Times, from the 19th century to contemporary coverage. Includes exclusively obtained documents A critique of Western media's "tribalization" of African news coverage, beginning with the accounts of the European so-called explorers who went to "discover" Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries and including the coverage of Africa by Western newspapers, including The New York Times, from the 19th century to contemporary coverage. Includes exclusively obtained documents from The New York Times' archives documenting the racism of some editors and reporters at that newspaper towards Africans.


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A critique of Western media's "tribalization" of African news coverage, beginning with the accounts of the European so-called explorers who went to "discover" Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries and including the coverage of Africa by Western newspapers, including The New York Times, from the 19th century to contemporary coverage. Includes exclusively obtained documents A critique of Western media's "tribalization" of African news coverage, beginning with the accounts of the European so-called explorers who went to "discover" Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries and including the coverage of Africa by Western newspapers, including The New York Times, from the 19th century to contemporary coverage. Includes exclusively obtained documents from The New York Times' archives documenting the racism of some editors and reporters at that newspaper towards Africans.

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