Most of the world maps you’ve seen in your entire life are wrong.
This is because our current “standard” of world maps is based on the Mercator projection. Even Google uses this format.
The Mercator projection is a cylindrical map projection presented by Flemish geographer and cartographer Gerardus Mercator in 1569. It became the standard map projection for navigation because it is unique in representing north as up and south as down everywhere while preserving local directions and shapes.Wikipedia
Although we grown accustomed to seeing Greenland as large as South America, Alaska larger than Mexico, and Russia 2 to 3 times the size of Africa, this is certainly a lie.
The system of white supremacy, a system created within the conscious or unconscious collective Caucasian mind, is created and maintained for the sole purpose of white genetic survival amongst the genetically dominant melanated masses. In order for Caucasians to appear and feel superior it was necessary create a false image of the world to counter the obvious reality of black and brown people being EVERYWHERE as well as being the global majority.
By changing the map it subconsciously impacts how people think of themselves and their country of origin. In this case, shrinking countries with mostly melanated people and enlarging countries with mostly non-melanated people plays right into the narratives of systematic white supremacy.
James Hitchings-Hales explains this misleading phenomena in an article found on globalcitizens.org:
“For the last 500 years, a certain kind of world map has been used to teach children about our planet. But forget everything you know. The world is not as it seems, humanity has been brainwashed by a Flemish mapmaker, and we’re (probably) living in a colonial Matrix. I hope you’re sitting down. That world map is wrong. Most might recognize the old world map from faded school textbooks. It’s called the Mercator projection. In 1569, Gerardus Mercator built a whole world drawn along colonial lines — literally. Every straight squiggle between continents depicts a shipping route for trade, with the biggest economic powers given the space on paper to flex their border biceps.
The problem? It’s nowhere near to scale. Europe is not the center of the universe — Mercator just moved the equator. North America is nowhere near that big — although it might feel that way if you watch the news. In reality, South America should be twice the size of Europe. Greenland should be 14 times smaller than Africa and three times smaller than Australia, whilst Alaska appears three times larger than its actual big sibling, Mexico.
The Mercator projection vastly exaggerates aged imperialist power, at the expense of developing countries and continents like Africa that are shrunk to inferiority. There’s a reason why the Northern Hemisphere is associated with wealth and significance — it’s because it’s literally on top, permanently etched into our subconsciousness as superior from our earliest encounters with learning.”
Jane Elliot, an American diversity educator that became known for a “Blue eyes/Brown eyes” exercise that taught the realities of racism to school children, also acknowledges the racism behind the ‘standard’ world map.