If you completely dismiss another human being solely because of their choice of apparel, then here is your juicebox, because you are five years old.
When POC bring up the lack of diversity in Disney movies, white fans always come back with, “Kids don’t even notice/care about race!”
Really? Because I’m fairly sure that most children of color are made acutely aware of their race, first experiences with racism are almost always at the hands of their white peers. There’s little doubt that the two are related.
This is my niece and me;
She’s five, and well aware of the fact that she’s part african american. Trust me, she calls herself chocolate and calls me vanilla. Her mother, my sister, is also part african american. Her father is completely african american. She’s well aware of the different races around her. …A little too aware, actually, to the point where she’ll point and say if someone’s “chinese,” “black,” “white,” ect…
Her mother, who I’m not on the best terms with because of the things she teaches her child, and because of her over all personality, taught her to be rude this way. I’ve been trying to teach her the correct terms.
But on to my point… Her and I always watch Disney movies together. She’s seen everything from Cinderella to Frozen, and loved them all. Her favorite is Rapunzel from Tangled.
Last Halloween she asked me if she could be Rapunzel for Halloween. Considering I’m always in charge of taking her trick her treating, I bought her the costume. The only concern she had was that her hair wasn’t blonde, and long. I assured her that it didn’t matter, and she made the perfect Rapunzel regardless.
Although later on she insisted I buy her a little blonde headband.
Her mother told her after I bought the costume, that she should have been Tiana because she’s African american, and doesn’t have the pale skin Rapunzel has.
Her mother told her this. Her mother told her that she can’t be who she wanted because of the color of her skin.
She never even thought about it before that, but after that, she kept asking me if it was okay for her to be Rapunzel because of the color of her skin.
Children aren’t born caring about the color of their own skin,or others skin, they’re taught it. She was taught to notice, and now she notices.
I never once taught her that. It never mattered to me.
Her mother taught her this. Her mother told her she couldn’t be who she loved. Not me. Not “silly little horrible white” me.
So take your opinion and shove it up your ass, cause I could care less if she was part african american, part white, part asian, or part anything else, I believe she’d make the perfect Elsa, or the perfect Tiana, regardless of her skin color.
So tired of white people using children of color to dismiss the concerns of people of color.
"It doesn’t look like my friend/family member who is a person of color has this experience so I’m going to use them to tell you to shove your experience up your ass!"
Your niece noticed the situation and she did care enough to point it out to you. Instead of pondering on that for a minute, on the cause of this and how it would affect her, you ignored it.
Alright, let me throw in my two cents on representation in media: