I can not believe that this is even a topic of discussion in 2022.
In 1997 Brandi played Cinderella with Whitney Houston as the fairy godmother and Whoopi Goldberg as the queen, married to a white King with a Philippino Prince Charming. It was a good movie with 74% audience score on RT. I don't recall anyone saying crap about the racial makeup of the cast.
Now, 25 years later, people are bent about a black Ariel?
20 years ago I would have said racism was all but dead in this country. Progress towards equality still needed work but it was mostly correcting historical imbalance not overt discrimination. I mean sure there were pockets but they were the exception not the rule. Yet here we are.