A video about Prince William’s recent conservation trip to Africa has been criticised for only including non-Africans’ perspectives on conservation and promoting a “white saviour” stereotype.
Prince William’s video has been accused of perpetuating “white saviour” stereotypes. © Kensington Palace
The video was released on Twitter on October 11, 2018 by Kensington Palace.
Dr. Mordecai Ogada, Kenyan ecologist and author of The Big Conservation Lie, said today:
This is a diagram of the new British Colonial paradigm. The kingdom of “conservation”. This is the only arena where the heir to the Throne can go around touring the colonies, and telling his subjects how they should be taking care of their own resources.
HRH Prince William should not pontificate to us about wildlife trade while the UK is the world’s number one trader in ivory. Kenya banned ivory trade a full forty years before the UK. The Duke is most welcome to come visit as a tourist, but he should kindly let us conserve what is ours in the way that suits us best.
Only one black person is shown speaking to camera in the film. While all the other contributors share their expertise on conservation, her contribution in the video relates only to the Prince’s leadership abilities.
A response to the video posted by Kensington Palace, click here for original thread.
The people interviewed in the video are:
Charlie Mayhew, CEO of Tusk, who comments on tackling the illegal wildlife trade…