origin of Peary hatred and Henson racism begins in September, 1909
when the public learned that Henson had gone to the Pole. Without
going into all the details of this here, one can see the inherent
racism in the reports. Soon they would be saying that Henson was
not a "reliable witness".
Henson is not presented in these news
clippings as a person, but rather as a "Negro". He is also
referred to as Peary's servant, even though Matt had been listed
as Peary's assistant for many years. In one paper (not shown here)
he is incorrectly listed as Peary's cook.
One clipping "Henson Ordered to Rear..."
is part of
another interesting aspect of this historical event - see this