I had a discussion with a friend about how excited I was for two daughters to see the upcoming Little Mermaid movie.
I told her I that was I was so proud of the fact that my daughter might be able to see herself in Ariel, a beautiful Black princess.
My friend didn’t understand the big deal. She “doesn’t learn color.” She thinks that it doesn’t matter what race or ethnicity characters are, because we are all the same.
I have learned a lot in the past few years. I have learned why it matters that our minors interpret diversification through their media. I hope I excused it well and that she listened my center — I hope what I have learned might help change someone else’s nerve as well.
Do you ever find yourself annoyed when you hear about “Black Miss America” or “Black superhero movies”? Do you think, why does it have to be “Black”? Isn’t that kind of racist?
Can I be honest?
I used to have similar thoughts. You may think you “don’t consider color”, or that race issues aren’t as big as people stir them seem.
I say this as meekly as is practicable. You. Are. Wrong.
Last year my boys watched “American Idol.” They discussed and voted for their their favourites. Without miscarry, my sugared innocent 6 time old-time would choose “one of the dark-brown men” as his favorite every time.
In his simple little thinker, all he requires is to know that someone who looks like him can make it. That they can win. His face lit up in a manner which is I had never seen before when he saw Black Panther. It is important for him to see black males on TV, in movies and in books.
Can you imagine having almost no people who look like you in your bible narratives, in the plaything alley, or in your storybooks?
When he interprets someone who looks like him do big things, culture mutters, “You can do it very! You can be whatever you crave! ”
When people of color don’t find adequate representation in popular culture, they pave their own way. They make a space where they can be seen and heard. It really is that simple, and it really is that important.
** This post originally appeared on Momstrocity’s Facebook page.