The only mermaid story I ever heard was the Little Mermaid, so naturally I thought all mermaids were white. All princesses were white for that matter, but we dressed up like them anyway. Same with the cool kids on the Partridge Family and Brady Bunch. All white. The only Black folk I saw on TV were Basketball players, Soul Train Dancers and Sanford and Son. This reinforced the belief that i could never aspire to be a princess or a singer like Lori Partridge, but I could be a dancer, basketball player or car mechanics ... .or a maid. Lots of Black maids on TV. It's hard to say how that limited my childhood goals and aspirations.
I recently came across an old family photo taken at a baby shower. The mom to be Is surrounded with gifts, baby products in manufacturers packaging adorned with photos of smiling white babies. I remember My little cousin asked, "Is she gonna have a white baby, cuz she only got white baby diaoers." We laughed uproariously, but it really hit home for me that day that the companies making these products didn't care about brown babies. I went to another baby shower recently and noticed the change in imagery that has taken place over the decades. That took too long.
I am delighted with Disney's fairly recent efforts to integrate beloved fairy tales. I don't care if they recast every single beloved character ... ..every child of color deserves a chance to see a variety of heroes who look like them. Every white child already has this, and Can benefit from the opportunity to see heroism in someone who does NOT look like them.
That's not "woke ----", it's reality, and it doesn't hurt anyone to be inclusive. If you don't like the new reboots, just watch your old VHS tapes over and over again.
Speak Softly, What you are communicating to Black and brown children is "Go :create your own heroes, write your own stories, you can't be part of the stories that have been woven into America for generations" GFY