A Ugandan climate activist has accused a news agency of racism and “erasing a continent” after she was cropped out of a picture featuring leading young campaigners.
But when news agency Associated Press (AP) published a picture from the event, Nakate – the only Black campaigner in attendance was cropped out.
Nakate joined the school strike movement, launched by Thunberg, in Uganda in 2019 after becoming concerned about rising temperatures in her home country. She has since led a number of national strikes.
Her removal from the picture was picked up almost immediately, and Nakate quickly raised the issue online, responding with a ten-minute Twitter which explained what it had felt like to be edited out of the picture.
At times breaking down in tears, she says to the camera: ”What really had me the most was just thinking about the people from my country and the people from Africa, and how much I’ve seen people being affected by the climate crisis.
“How I’ve seen people die, people lose their families, people lose their children, people lose their homes, and everything they ever dreamed of and hoped for.
“I saw all these things and [I thought] who is going to be able to speak for these people? Who is going to try and help these people?
Share if you can— Vanessa Nakate (@vanessa_vash) January 24, 2020
What it means to be removed from a photo! https://t.co/1dmcbyneYV
In a later tweet, she wrote: “You didn’t just erase a photo, you erased a continent. But I am stronger than ever.”
You didn't just erase a photo— Vanessa Nakate (@vanessa_vash) January 24, 2020
You erased a continent
But I am stronger than ever pic.twitter.com/J34WMXvPAo
I am a climate activist from Uganda
I am so proud to be an African
I am not going to be silenced
I am going to speak louder
Now is the time for the...