National Geographic once understood Mr. Booker’s point.
In a time of crisis,
National Geographic asked all of us to participate.
National Geographic once featured stories
about the people who helped launch our democratic adventure.
National Geographic once was proud to celebrate
the values that make us a nation.
Today, our Society asks us to share kitty pictures.
To buy air freshener…
… and coffee beans.
Our Society lends its good name
to a television channel (majority-owned by News Corp)
that serves up shows like this:
Why has our Society, under John Fahey’s leadership,
stopped addressing us as citizens
and started treating us like customers?
Here’s a hint:
You can’t do business in China
if you insist on talking about
James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, and democracy.
So, we changed our story.
This is tragic and short-sighted.
But it’s not the end of the story….
We hope you had a happy Independence Day.