While I see absolutely no issue with adding different races to Disney movies, I think we need to start teaching children that people’s personalities are infinitely more important than how they look.
Because you know what?
Saying that you can’t relate so someone because you’re not the same race as them /is racist/ and teaching children that behavior is only going to make racism worse
No, I’m sorry, I call bullshit.
Telling PoC to shut up and be happy with the crap representation they get or else “they are making racism worse” is the lowest, grossest shit I can imagine.
If you are taught by society, again and again and again, that only people who aren’t like you get to be heroes and princesses and knights and warriors and leaders, that fucking sucks. When there is no place for people like you within narratives, that fucking sucks.
And it is SO gross to turn to those of us who want more diversity in media and tell us that we’re “making the problem worse” by giving a fucking shit.
Being complacent with the overwhelming white cis heteronormative representation in media and lashing out at people who want to make a difference doesn’t make you some kind of post-racial saint. It makes you an asshole.
Teaching kids that POC can TOO be princesses and heroes etc does NOT perpetuate racism.
You know what does? Having countless stories with white people as the leads as compared to a handful with POC. It reinforces the idea that white people are the default, that they are more important, that their stories are worth more to tell. THAT worsens racism. God forbid POC feel good about themselves when Western media is so ready to tear them down with offensive stereotypes or little to zero representation.