In the Land of Make-Believe, Racial Diversity Is a Fantasy

Amina Luqman, Washington Post, October 30, 2014

For months, night after night, my husband has read the Harry Potter series to our 6-year-old son. After finishing each book, they watch the corresponding movie, and they’re now on Book 4, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.” Suffice it to say, our son is a big fan. So it was no surprise when he considered dressing up as Harry for Halloween. But our hearts sank when he quickly added, in a matter-of-fact tone of disappointment, “But I’m not tan. I’m brown.”

Tan and brown are terms for white and black that my son picked up at his progressive school; they’re seen as less political and more precise, and I guess they take some of the sting off. But the words don’t change the long-standing reality: In the United States, children’s fantasies are still largely imagined in white.

“Why exactly are all the main characters in ‘Frozen’ white?” my husband asked a white friend recently. She responded thoughtfully: “Well, the movie is set in a Nordic, cold place–you know, it makes sense, right?” Annoyed, my husband countered, “The movie has a talking snowman.” It’s funny, and sad, where we draw the lines for what’s acceptable in fantasy movies. Somehow a talking snowman makes more sense than, say, a black Norwegian.

Besides “Frozen,” there’s “Brave,” “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Lord of the Rings,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ”–the list goes on. Why couldn’t the main characters in these films have been a panoply of diversity? The beauty and ease of diversity in fantasy is that it requires no explanation. It’s fantasy, after all. Just as you don’t have to provide a metaphysical explanation for the existence of a talking snowman, neither would you need to explain why one sister in “Frozen” was Latina, the other white and their dead mother Asian. A fantasy world just is. The strength of the story is all that matters.

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As a black parent, it saddens me that my son is faced with these tired racial confines. I also worry about his willingness to so readily accept the injustice of white cultural privilege. As an adult, I know things can be different. I know that somewhere there’s another adult sitting in a boardroom right now, deciding that the next big fantasy heroes–the next “Frozen” sisters–will be white, as if it’s some set rule of the universe.

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{snip} I could try to raise an Afrocentric child–to create a black world for him–but the reality is I’m not really an Afrocentric adult. I’m just a parent tired of making changes on the fringes just so my son can catch a glimpse of himself in the world. It’s time for the world to change.

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  • AmericanCitizen

    There aren’t black fantasy characters because they would use their powers to steal, rape, rob and be even more of a nuisance than normal. Imagine getting mugged and then the guy flew away over a building, or a car thief just ripped out your engine right on the street. Who wants to watch that movie?

    • Katherine McChesney

      Once we had “Little Black Sambo” and they complained about that.

      Can’t please them at all.

      • Gina Tingles

        I had that book when I was a child. As I recall, Little Black Sambo was a darker-skinned East Indian, and unsurprisingly, his adventures occurred on the Indian subcontinent, and involved tigers and elephants. I always enjoyed that book.

      • Pathfinder75

        If you do a search for “Little Black Sambo” on YouTube,you will find the results to be quite fruitful.

      • bilderbuster

        The way they cried about The California Raisins would have made an infant blush.

      • none of your business

        I had that book back in the olden days. The family had a beautiful house, sort of south seas with big porches and flower print furniture. He was a hero and beat up tiger. They also had the Uncle Remus stories and they banished that as well as the English polliwog doll.
        Given blacks propensity to complain it is surprising mattel has managed to manufacture black barbies and black GI Joes.

        • Whiteplight sees the Emperor N

          Disney’s “Song of the South” was banned in the 60s, too.

      • Whiteplight sees the Emperor N

        The big change came in the 1960s when a national restaurant chain called, “Sambo’s) came under fire by the NAACP and the Civil Rights Movement in general. They were shut down, period.

        As a child, I was aware that “Little Black Sambo” was about an Indian boy, not an African negro. For one thing, his attire was stereotypically Indian.

        In the late 90s when I lived in Europe, anyone with black hair and olive skin may be termed “black.”

        • Batterytrain

          So were Asians “black” then?

          • Whiteplight sees the Emperor N

            This is a cultural quirk that Americans and Canadians (and maybe also Australians and New Zealanders probably won’t grok. What I think I noticed is that Asians are not necessarily Chinese or even Japanese. As in England where an Asian is a Pakistani. In Southeast Europe, they would be termed differently. But where I was, a person, even a Serb, who was dark as I explained would be termed “black.” It is also still common for a white to be termed “blonde,” even if their hair is brown. It has to do with fair skin and light eyes. The cultural appellations around race are different in Europe and even parts of Europe from ours. Some twist of this is how we once had a children’s book called “Little Black Sambo,” when Sambo was not a Negro. I think you can get some of this cultural terminology from the stories of Rudyard Kipling.

      • Charles Martel

        A talking snowman is more realistic than an intelligent black

  • The WaPo is getting dangerously close to peddling Slate/Salon/Atlantic/Daily Beast style clickbait.

    • Stan D Mute

      WaPo is just trying to keep up with the Times..

  • OS-Q

    “Somehow a talking snowman makes more sense than, say, a black Norwegian.”

    If a snowman could talk, it would still be a snowman.

    • propagandaoftruth

      It’s fantasy, after all. Just as you don’t have to provide a metaphysical explanation for the existence of a talking snowman, neither would you need to explain why one sister in “Frozen” was Latina, the other white and their dead mother Asian. A fantasy world just is. The strength of the story is all that matters.
      ————————
      You have your fantasies and I’ll have mine. My fantasies don’t involve you or yours at all, lady, except that in them you are far away, out of sight and out of mind.

      Your brown faces are the faces of my people’s degradation and destruction. Come up with your own fairy tales – like “disparate impact”, but keep it to yourself.

      • OS-Q

        Ha! The worst part is that *yes* you would have to explain why each character in a family looks radically different, otherwise the story is profoundly shallow.

        • Whiteplight sees the Emperor N

          And obviously PC themed.

      • SentryattheGate

        Gubmint schools are full of celebrations of blacks and browns, at the expense of whites! It’s an intentional part of ant-racist education! When I have diversity forced on me in my community, at home I turn the channel when blacks or browns come on the screen.

        • none of your business

          I too. Even Netflix BBC 1930’s Agatha Christie stories have blacks inserted just to be PC. How about Robin Hood with ST. Morgan Freeman in some sort of arab outfit?

          • Anglokraut

            I think that Alan Rickman really evens out the annoying PC in RH:PoT, just by being so delightfully evil.

          • SentryattheGate

            “Saint” Morgan Freeman is not only ugly, but he took on his wife’s young daughter as a lover, but the press pretty much left that alone.

      • Whiteplight sees the Emperor N

        Don’t be coy, fantasies are used for racial and PC propaganda all the time these days.

        I don’t even think your logic holds where a talking snowman and depicted family members is concerned. The presence of a Latina sister in “Frozen” infers things like “baby daddy” differences or other things that distract and without explanation don’t made sense. That’s why “Fozen” is a PC production. TV has long confounded logic where the likelihood of family members being cast as dissimilar is concerned, even if it has become even more outlandish lately. By the late 1960s, even Laugh-In made fun of the practice by running a skit called, “The Farkel Family,” where all the kids looked more like a neighbor than the parents (extreme redheads with freckles). I can tell you one thing though; Shirley Temple was never cast with a Latino, Chinese, or Middle Eastern parent.

        • propagandaoftruth

          I’m just weary of the invasive, inescapable PC encroachment on everything. If non-whites want to create and revel in their heritage fine, but get out of mine, you know?

          Why does some black author not create a Bantu LOTR or whatever with Voodoo godlings and such? Would they include token whites as African voodoo figures?

          Please. But just like how they must be inserted in everything we make, do, create – only to eventually degrade and ruin it…so too with our sacred ancestral heritage.

          Parasites in every sense of the word – cultural, economic, literal and literary.

          • Whiteplight sees the Emperor N

            Yes, it seems that the non-white world, with only a few exceptions seem to want to move in and take over only because whites built such a great culture/system/civilization. (China has its own old culture and seems only to be interested as a trend).

            I’ve been thinking about it since this thread has begun and one reason that I think all these fantasy films are white is because Europe has always had the richest and most detailed and MAGNIFICENT oral and written traditions. There is The Arabian Nights, and such, but for example, I have a book of French Folk Tales that is over 400 pages alone.

          • propagandaoftruth

            Almost every culture has a rich mythological tradition, and most of what we call “fantasy” is based on ancient European and Near Eastern mythological and theological tradition. The Hidus have the Ramayana and some truly crazy cool traditions, as do the Orientals. Even the Popul Vuh by he Mayas has its funny and enlightening parts.

            What is there from Africa beyond Voodoo? And other made up stuff like black civilizations?

            But like black history, hey – it’s fantasy so why does not some magical negro writer whip some Afrocentric fantasy crapola up and dump it on the brown masses?

          • PesachPatriot

            There was that mythical african kingdom of zamunda in eddie murphy’s coming to america movie….it was the only african nation without corruption, where all the citizens were happy, well-fed, and disease free and there wasn’t a civil war raging being fought by child soldiers with machetes and ak-47’s….I guess that qualifies as fantasy….

          • Whiteplight sees the Emperor N

            I was thinking of the Hindu and Chinese when I said others, but not so much the New World although I am certainly aware that every human group has its oral traditions. The most developed/complex come from cultures that developed writing in time to record the most and closest to original stories, the Old Testament being one of the first and oldest (Gilgamesh before that, along with the Iliad, The Odyssey, and so on). The Mayans had no written language, so those stories must be culled for European influences.

            The big difference is that it was European culture that spread across the world via trade and the age of empire that (while popularly reviled) did more good, spreading civilization and fighting abuses like slavery that has served to familiarize the greater world with Western culture than the other way around. Rudyard Kipling wrote stories about the effects of these meetings of cultures in India and Sir Richard Burton certainly delved into Muslim and even what there was of African culture to explore. (And we can’t forget the Kama Sutra!)Even so, I notice that whites of European extraction seem to feel it is their responsibility to know about all these cultures whereas those people know little or nothing, except for what they get from films and are offered at theme parks (Disneyland, world, etc.) where they have been commercialized and cheapened for universal consumption. Now, the theme parks are changing, darkening the skin and hair of the once white characters. I noticed earlier this year that that tv show “Once Upon a Time” featured a show with a black Rapunzel.

            One thing I can report is that J.R.R. Tolkien was surprised that anyone besides British people were interested in his works. He could not fathom why Americans for example, found the books so appealing.

          • texasoysterman

            You made me think of “The Wiz” with MJ. What a load of trash.

    • Luca

      Maybe she wants a black snowman? I wonder if she is aware that snow is white. I guess Mother Nature is racist too.

      But it won’t be long now, we’ll be watching Frosty the Snowman cartoons and he’ll be speaking ebonics. I wonder if they’ll omit the profanity?

      • OS-Q

        Coal power plants back in the day turned snow black with ash, but a cartoon”Sooty the Snowman” with a black accent probably wouldn’t be appreciated by this woman anymore than she appreciated the Crows from Dumbo most likely.

        • Anglokraut

          Those crows are hilarious!

          • Whiteplight sees the Emperor N

            I always liked Heckle and Jeckle.

      • Whiteplight sees the Emperor N

        Yeah, why is snow WHITE!!!

    • Whiteplight sees the Emperor N

      “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves” must upset them an awful lot. In the Balkans, the name is quite popular as “Snezanna.”

      Disneyland is going dark. They are slowly darkening down characters to please the non-white patrons. In the process, they are killing the very culture Disney used to base his theme parks on. I am just wondering when the realization of the hypocrisy will set in. There has to be a point where imitating white people becomes obvious.

    • WhiteGuyInJapan

      And I wouldn’t buy a gun when talking snowmen move into my neighborhood. Might even let one date my sister. What a whiny, stupid article.

  • MekongDelta69

    This black lady must be deaf, dumb, blind and stupid.

    Almost every commercial, advert, news story, TV show, movie, comic, entertainment wherever it’s shown, and a thousand other places – including her ‘fantasy’ stories – are made up of everybody but straight, White males (and non-feminazi females).

    If they’re even there, they are portrayed as hopeless, helpless, and hapless, just waiting for some ‘Noble Negro’ to come and save the day.

    I also worry about his willingness to so readily accept the injustice of white cultural privilege.

    Aww – boo freakin’ hoo. Go back to Africa, and I guarantee you’ll have NO problem “accepting the ‘horrible’ injustice of black cultural privilege.”

    • kikz2

      right.. swearta… one would think natl. geo had to go find Whites after some long and arduous trip into some unconquered unmapped land or outerspace to find us…..especially White women who wouldn’t even be caught dead around a Black man………………..

    • Whiteplight sees the Emperor N

      Look, for many blacks, just seeing whites is oppressive because they feel their inferiority by comparison. As long as there is one white alive, there will be “white privilege.”

  • AmericanCitizen

    I for one would much rather have Racial Diversity be the non-existent fantasy in the real world.

  • JackKrak

    They demand to know why there aren’t more black characters in the tales of the Knights of the Round Table but watch them lose it if you suggest that perhaps the ancient Egyptians didn’t look like Eddie Murphy.

    • David Ashton

      Morgan La Freeman, Sir Gollyhead and Sir Leapalot….

      • Robert Binion

        Marvin le Fay.

      • Sick of it

        Lady Gwenavious…

        • kikz2

          BBC did it.. on Merlin… Black Guenievere… i wouldn’t even watch it.

          • silviosilver

            I don’t watch any TV, but my nephew, knowing I’m a big Arthurian fan, let me know about it. So I tuned in expecting the worst and, sadly, I was not surprised by what I saw. I couldn’t make it through the whole episode. It’s most depressing to think that this is likely just the beginning of this trend, too.

            I’ll concede this black woman’s point that it’s fantasy, so she’s not wrong to wonder why racial diversity is found undesirable (not what she says, but she means) by audiences. It seems to work well enough in sci fi. Much as I can’t stand seeing blacks and asians on TV if it’s sci fi I’ll turn a blind eye to it. But fantasy, hmm, it just doesn’t work. Fantasy has got to be European or it’s a farce.

      • none of your business

        I think there was a King Arthur movie with blacks in 500 AD England. Movie also featured Christian priests who captured all the Christians and locked them in an iron mine and tortured the captives just for fun.

    • kikz2

      and now every show on tv must have a Black woman expert…. no matter if it’s only as expert in being loudly obnoxious… she MUST be there…..i guess there’s a law somewhere….?(snark)

      • jay11

        So true! It’s like in every other show now: the black female leader or expert, alongside the black president, scientist or supervisor. It’s like so common now I hardly bat an eye anymore.

    • Xerxes22

      The Egyptians were peeved when our overlords made that TV movie about Anwar Sadat and they had Lou Gosset play Sadat.

      • IstvanIN

        And Sadat was black.

        • Sharps Rifle

          Sadat was an islamicized Copt.

          • IstvanIN

            He was still a Negro.

          • Sharps Rifle

            Copts are the original Egyptians and are not negroes. The negroes and Arabs are the ones who invaded that country centuries ago.

          • silviosilver

            Are you blind? Sadat was half Sudanese and definitely looked it. “Copt” is not the first thing that comes to mind looking at him.

          • none of your business

            Sadat was a muslim who attended a Coptic school because even back then the Islamic schools taught nothing but memorizing the Koran. His Mother was a black slave, daughter of a black slave. His Father was an Arab Egyptian. The bios always claim Sadat’s Mother was 4th wife but in reality she was a slave who had to do all the housework and got beaten and slapped around by the arab wives.
            Yes, he was mixed race, black Mother and mostly arab part black Father like so many Egyptians.

    • bilderbuster

      Most modern Egyptians wouldn’t like if you told them that they looked like Eddie Murphy.

  • Truthseeker

    Unrealistic diversity is already abundant in just about every kid’s show these days. There’ll be one White character, one Black character, one Hispanic character, one Jewish character, one disabled character, etc. Does any circle of friends actually look like this? And of course, they often have very homogenized personalities too, so that kids see a “panoply of diversity” and assume all races are the same. I can imagine the confusion that goes on inside their little heads when they witness diversity in real life.

    • Mary

      You are absolutely correct. In the cartoon “Sofia the First”, for example, little Sofia’s best friends are black and Asian. The setting seems to represent an old-time European village. Yeah, okaaay. I can honestly not think of one all-White kids’ show made in recent years, except for Frozen. (which my kids and I love)

      • kikz2

        BRAVE! it’s great little movie 🙂 all White too 🙂 I think it much better than Frozen…… the rendering of the girl’ Merida’s hair is amazing

        • Mary

          Oh yes, I forgot about Brave! Good movie.

        • Gina Tingles

          “How to Train Your Dragon” is another terrific movie for all ages.

          • Anglokraut

            Just keep in mind that in the sequel, the master smith with the missing hand and leg is heavily insinuated to be gay. It doesn’t add anything to the story at all–it’s just there to be there.

          • Gina Tingles

            Yeah, I read somewhere that was going to be brought out in the second movie (which I have not seen). Apparently Gobber states there were two reasons that he never married, one being that wives nag, the other is left to the imagination. In the first movie, there was no mention of it, he was pretty much a smart, fearless dragon-fighting Viking. I so hope they don’t ruin any third movie by giving Gobber a boyfriend or some crap like that.

    • none of your business

      Check out Boys Life the scouts magazine. Very different from when my brothers subscribed. Fortunately my daughter has all the books we had when she was a child and many of the books go back to the 1920’s when my Father was a child. But all the contemporary books we’ve bought are full of non Whites.

  • FozzieT

    I’m no expert in the fantasy genre, but my suspicion is that the reason for a dearth of black fantasy characters is a consequence of there being a dearth of black fantasy authors. JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, George RR Martin, JK Rowling – all white people who spent a great amount of time, energy and brainpower creating these fantasy worlds. And all Amina Luqman can do is complain that they didn’t include any black folks.

    • Eagle_Eyed

      Also note that in all these cases the fantasy worlds are based on a Northern European medieval setting, and especially in the case of Tolkien, rely heavily on Anglo-Saxon folklore. It just doesn’t make sense to have Africans in the story.

      • phillyguy

        They stole Santa, while out shopping today, I saw hundreds of black santa decorations, maybe the Chinese manufacturers think Santa is black.

        • bilderbuster

          The Salvation Army has been putting Black bums in Santa Suits for years ringing their bells.

      • LHathaway

        I believe I remember reading Tolkien say he meant to create a kind of beautiful invented history and make it seem real. In some ways, he was likely promoting a kind of consciousness in whites. We need heroes, in this day and age, who are explicitly white, and for whom awareness of their status as whites plays a central role in their thinking. At least we need this if we want to keep up with the other races, who have done this exclusively since they day they’ve moved here.

        If this lady thinks whites are racist now, she may be in for a surprise.

      • none of your business

        Well, there are the orcs. Many think the story was about WW2 and the Nazis. Nowdays we could interpret it as the destruction of cities and neighborhoods by blacks.

    • connorhus

      RR Martin and Rowling are complete MUlti-Cultist that made sure they included Blacks and every other minority they could think of. This article is a farce and full of selective picking and choosing of what it acknowledges.

      • Mason Gull

        What’s wrong with George R.R. Martin? He has other races in ASOIAF because the story spans multiple continents, and they aren’t carbon copies of real world races anyway. Have you even read his books?

        • connorhus

          Of course I have read all of them as a matter of fact and while the books are not as bad as the HBO series they are liberally sprinkled with Feminist dogma, Mainstreaming homosexuality and the all too common “equality” meme. The story is good enough to make many Fanboi types forget to notice the little Multi-Cult propaganda in them that you have to wade through to get to the other White Male heroes.

          • Sick of it

            Unfortunately, feminist dogma is everywhere today. Then women act surprised when men don’t fall absolutely in love them. Seriously?

          • connorhus

            Yep. And what’s worse it seems lately it has to be teenage girl Heroes of the Feminist dogma to get ratings.

          • LHathaway

            The late critic Roger Ebert pointed that out. The ones who most want to see these female heroes are boys. Perhaps favoring women allows them to ‘not be sexist’. As if Western culture and Chivalry do not already favor the fairer sex, and as if boys have something to apologize for.

          • connorhus

            And that is a very good point too LH. I think of it as the loophole that allowed Feminism to get started in digital format. The teenage boys don’t want to look at guys, they want to look at hot chicks. Just like the old Men wanted to promote the Women so they could look at and be around them.

            However it still leaves one burning question that doesn’t fit my theory. Boys may not like to look at the girls in the games and movies but they don’t read books about them. Yet all these current movies like “Hunger Games” and “Divergent” were first books.

            There must be a deeper problem here as well, which you already know and pointed out.

          • LHathaway

            I think you have a typo there “boys may not like to look at the girls” At least, I hope that statement is not true! At the risk of being sexual myself when there is no need to be. I remember my very first fantasy story, The Dragon Riders of Pern. That story contained a female heroine. The Thomas Covenant series seemed to fail miserably when Covenant was replaced by a female hero, Linda Avery. Girls can be heroes, but it’s understood they are not Really nice. lol, I don’t know. I read an interesting one that was quite sexual, so it had both male and female heroes. Some of them have heroes of both sexes, I think.

            It could be because boys are more likely to read this type of escapist story, and so it is boys there are trying to reach within the pages.

            Well, in my opinion, favoring girls, in reality is only giving more power to the already powerful. Giving more protection to the only sex ever protected. Doing even more favors for the already favored. Boys and girls both knuckle under to it, seeing it as a kind of effort to make up for past injustice, against women. They may use any kind of word to justify it, or any kind of talk about doing what’s right, but at it’s root, I think, is a fear of some kind of violence. That is the Real reason they knuckle under to it.

            Boys are very angry though, I do suspect. Too angry. lol, They have become like an abused wife who turns the tables and overreacts all out of proportion to the abuse she has taken.

          • Mason Gull

            I’ll give you the “mainstreaming homosexuality” but I can’t see the liberally sprinkled feminist dogma in a story in which most major female characters are incompetent at best. You have maybe one character, Asha, whose story arguably has a feminist slant. I don’t see a consistent theme of “equality” either, but maybe I’m not reading into it enough.

          • connorhus

            Uhmm dude. You got Brienne of Tar, The Redheaded super archeress, the Marsh Chick taking whats his name to become a root vegetable in the North, Not to mention Dragon girl. Half breed Mongol types breeding with Blondes, Black Pirates allying with claimants to the throne while lounging in bath tubs with White “professional girls”. Summer island intellectual ex-slaves and Black multimillionaire merchant kings courting the Dragon chick. Yes I could go on actually. You got the warrior sister of the Viking island types who put’s her brother to shame. That’s another good example. The one raging hetero male has to get castrated before the second season is finished.

          • Mason Gull

            First of all, the “Black multimillionaire merchant kings” you speak of do not exist in the books, and there are no negro-type peoples native to Essos or anywhere outside of their home islands. Xaro Xhoan Daxos, for example, may be portrayed by a black in the HBO show, but in the book his people are actually very pale skinned. I looked in my book to confirm and I can give you the quote if you want. I’m not going to hunt down the physical descriptions of all the other ethnic groups on the continent, but I can assure you that none of them have features that would identify them as blacks.

            Second, Daenerys is not supposed to be a positive character. She’s well meaning, but she totally lacks foresight and causes disaster wherever she goes. On top of that, she is a whore and has become less and less sympathetic as the story progresses. Getting raped by a Mongol warlord was a regrettable way to begin her story arc but I don’t see it as promoting miscegenation. I don’t remember the black pirate, but I only read through each book once and gone back a few times to check things.

            I realize that ASOIAF isn’t a very right-wing series but it doesn’t qualify as multi-culti propaganda and isn’t nearly as bad as Harry Potter where you have very explicit “anti-racist” themes.

          • connorhus

            As I said above the books are not as bad as the HBO series. However Martin is physically in control of the series and I have seen it reported has final say. Therefore to allow it to be used as a propaganda machine of the Multi-Cult speaks volumes to his own feelings. Even the books speak highly of the Summer islanders. The last one in particular has one of the characters being saved by a ship crewed by them as a matter of fact.

            It’s obvious you are a fan, and there is nothing wrong with that as long as you can see, and sort out, the messages he attempts to deliver.

          • LHathaway

            Even children’s books by supposedly conservative author’s feature a very heavy dose of ‘it doesn’t matter who my biological parents are, my real parents are the ones who are raising me’ and ‘it’s OK to be gay’. I’m guessing even right-thinking progressive women might find this troubling (and indeed, this story telling would not be the norm at all), if Men got the children in 94% of contested custody cases.

        • GeneticsareDestiny

          I haven’t read all the other responses to this post yet, but I just want to point out that George R.R. Martin thinks it might have been a good idea if he’d made the Targaryens black:

          “Speaking of Valyria… right from the start I wanted the Targaryens, and by extension the Valryians from whom they were descended, to be a race apart, with distinctive features that set them apart from the rest of Westeros, and helped explain their obsession with the purity of their blood. To do this, I made a conventional ‘high fantasy’ choice, and gave them silver-gold hair, purple and violet eyes, fine chiseled aristocratic features. That worked well enough, at least in the books (on the show, less so).

          But in recent years, it has occured to me from time to time that it might have made for an interesting twist if instead I had made the dragonlords of Valyria… and therefore the Targaryens… black. Maybe I could have kept the silver hair too, though… no, that comes too close to ‘dark elf’ territory, but still… if I’d had dark-skinned dragonlords invade and conquer and dominate a largely white Westeros… though that choice would have brought its own perils. The Targaryens have not all been heroic, after all… some of them have been monsters, madmen, so…

          Well, it’s all moot. The idea came to me about twenty years too late.”

          http://grrm.livejournal.com/326474.html?thread=17886026

          (Scroll down a little to see the comment he wrote this in.)

          Note that I’m not bringing this up because I dislike him. I think he’s a great writer and I love his books! I’ve read all of the currently released books set in the ASOIAF universe (including the Dunk & Egg prequels, The Princess & the Queen, and The Rouge Prince). I just wanted to point out that he has a thoroughly liberal, conventional viewpoint on race.

      • FozzieT

        I saw an interview with Martin where he was questioned about the lack of “diversity” in his series and the fantasy genre in general, and he replied that it was mostly because the authors were white males. Makes sense to me, plus the fact that the fantasy genre revolves around medieval Europe, which was white people.

        What doesn’t make sense is the complaining by other races (okay, blacks), that they are not included. Give me a break! If you want black people in fantasy stories, then write your own goddam stories!!! See how those sell…

      • antiquesunlight

        Yeah, the mud blood thing, or whatever it was, in the Harry Potter movies was a pretty lame commentary on class/race. And from what I can recall, the movies had a fair number of Indians in them, even if they weren’t main characters.

        • GeneticsareDestiny

          Yeah, even in the books, the girls Harry and Ron take to the Yule Ball are Indian twins Parvarti and Padma Patil.

        • Anglokraut

          Rowling’s heavy-handed use of blood-purity as a plot-device was worn out by “Deathly Hallows”.

          Still, it’s not as bad as the fanfiction that the series has spawned–much of it little more than “Lolita”, “The Handmaid’s Tale”, and the Potterverse thrown in a blender.

        • JP Rushton

          Not to mention that it doesn’t make any sense in the context of the universe.

          Maybe if mudbloods and purebloods had different magical abilities or even if purebloods got some sort of head start where they were better at magic at first it would make sense. But since it’s obvious it doesn’t matter how you got your magic, it just makes Voldemort yammering on about mudbloods sound insane.

          • Anglokraut

            I thought it was more about mudbloods not adapting to the wizarding culture, but rather forcing the magical community adapt to Muggle standards. Now that does sound a lot like modern Britain-stan.

      • Xerxes22

        Authors are under enormous pressure from the publishing companies to make their books as multi-cultural as possible and you know who owns most of the publishing companies.

    • Sick of it

      While likely taking advantage of some government program or another – Paid for by white people.

    • kikz2

      well, ya know.. they spend all their time ‘po mouthin’ so..

    • UncleSham

      Tolkien included plenty of Black people. They were called Orcs.

      • There were also the dark-skinned natives of Harad, who were black, but – you guessed it – served Sauron.

        • antiquesunlight

          But he did throw in that bit about them being mislead or whatever. I think it’s when Sam chooses not to kill the one that falls down near him.

    • LexiconD1

      Orcs are black, aren’t they?

  • Negroes see racism everywhere, including where there is none. They would deny whites the right to a white country, a white TV show, white music, white movies, white culture. They are tyrants. I’m sick of them. (And they want whites to pay for their existence via food stamps, etc.) I’m doubly sick of them.

    • Max

      Television, moving pictures and the printing press were invented by
      Africans just as time, matter, energy, the four fundamental forces and
      space were. Why shouldn’t blacks now dictate how they are used?

    • none of your business

      Blacks can see racism in brownies.

  • Eagle_Eyed

    Anyone with a decent understanding of fiction knows that even stories which engage in fantasy or sci-fi need to have rules and boundaries which make them realistic in their own universe.

    Thus while Beowulf may display superhuman strength in battle against a mythical monster and it be believable in its own context, introducing, say, an interracial gay couple would not make sense to the world imagined in a 6th century Anglo-Saxon epic.

  • Mary

    Well, thank goodness there are a few places where Whites dominate still. Where other races aren’t plugged unrealistically into every single facet of life. Apparently this woman does not watch much modern advertising. It is okay for a racial minority to represent the prototypical customer, but “racist” for a White to be representational. It is okay to show monoracial social scenes and families where non-Whites are concerned, but “racist” if only Whites are shown.

    And, by the way, I am not “tan.”

    • phillyguy

      mary, I thought we were peach! When I was a wee lad, many years ago in first grade, they would hand out coloring pictures of presidents or santa ect. We would always color their skin crayola peach….

      • Mary

        Yes! My first-grade son always colors everyone peach. No diversity for him.
        Smart boy. I remember always using that color as well.

      • SolStans

        N.B. Crayola’s “peach” had been called “flesh” until the mid-20th-century. Head on up to Easton for more info on the Progressives’ colorful march through the crayon institution. Next on the docket: “indian red”.

        • Anna Tree

          Yes, to call a color flesh is racist, even though the color was discovered/named by whites. Of course whites coin words following their own reality! Duh flesh cannot therefore be brown, black or red, or purple for the matter!
          And so bras and band-aid are racist!
          video foxnews debate-over-nude-color-bras-bandages
          video foxnews are-nude-color-bras-racist
          Maybe next they will forbid we call some colors asparagus, burgundy or sherry because those show a white or croc-magnon privilege.

          I presume the Italians found and name those colors and so the color flesh is more Southern European than Northern anyway lol…

          • SolStans

            I’m part-talian and nord-ish, so it matched me pretty well.

  • Easyrhino

    No doubt this woman’s son can get his fill of “brown” people from watching the TV show:

    Cops.

  • superlloyd

    Why don’t these whining negroes create their own fantasies instead of leeching on to the White man’s. Oh, that’s right they can’t. Black fantasies are afrocentric BS and the view that we are all equal despite copious evidence that we aren’t.

    • none of your business

      100 years ago they had a good start with the uncle Remus stories. But uncle Remus was black and the stories were African children’s stories the slaves brought over from Africa and told their children.
      But the blacks and especially the NAACP tribe witched and nagged and witched until the uncle Remus stories like the Amos and Andy show was censored out of existence.
      The uncle Remus stories were one of the few bits of real African heritage the blacks preserved over the ocean to America and through the centuries. And then under tribal leadership destroyed them.
      I should say positive bits. Child abuse, murder, violence etc are the negative parts of the AFrican heritage they preserved.

  • Mybad

    There should be a black character/black voice in the next Disney flick…Chris Rock needs a job.

    • Max

      Wasn’t the jackass in that shrek movie some black guy?

      • Gina Tingles

        Eddie Murphy. I saw him live on his “Raw” tour in my younger days. He had us ROTFLMAO way before the acronym existed.

        • ShaneFinn

          Chris Rock and Dave Chapelle are the only black stand up comedians I have ever found to be truly funny.

      • Mybad

        Yeah. Chris Rock!

  • HadEnough

    “Why couldn’t the main characters in these films have been a panoply of diversity?”

    I’m sure there is some legitimate reason why the darks can’t write their own “fantasies of color,” but at the moment it’s eluding me.

  • Cecil Henry

    White people have a right to exist separately, on their own and to prefer that.

    Anyone denying that either hates white people or is simply envious of them. Neither of these choices is acceptable.

  • Oppressor Class

    Well, talking snowmen are the stuff of fairy tales … and black Norwegians aren’t. For something to be included within a fairy tale, it first has to make sense within the history and culture of the group. In other words, it has to form part of the group’s identity. Sorry, Black Norwegians just don’t make the cut.

  • connorhus

    Too bad the Sci-Fi writers didn’t get the White only memo.

  • JohnEngelman

    “Why exactly are all the main characters in ‘Frozen’ white?” my husband asked a white friend recently.

    – Amina Luqman, Washington Post, October 30, 2014

    Because that is what the viewers want. Characters on Hispanic television programs look European. Many of the women have blond hair.

    • none of your business

      True, watching Latin American shows one would think the actors, hosts and news readers are Polish or Swedish

      • 1G25

        Society south of the Rio Grande is very caste-conscious.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    It’s racial integration in the real world that’s a fantasy.

  • anony

    “I’m just a parent tired of making changes on the fringes just so my son can catch a glimpse of himself in the world. It’s time for the world to change.”

    Yes, let’s change the world.

    You move to Africa, I’ll stay here and if you can take all of your kind with you, then the world will be different, and you can “create a black world” for your son.

    And we will live happily ever after.

  • Luca

    I’m sure most of the movies coming out of Africa have all black actors, maybe you could move your family there. That is of course, if your not tired of seeing all those blacks on BET, NBA and Cops.

  • Ian Thomas

    Mmmm black tears so yummy!

    • Rick O’Shea

      Yuck, I’d rather just watch them fall than taste them. Lord only knows what’s in there… Ebola? AIDS?

  • B.A_2014

    How about writing your own stories!

  • Kay

    Well, if Akeelah and the Bee, why not a black Hermione? I suppose a “brown” Harry Potter world is conceivable…

    • Sick of it

      Pakistani Potter and the Prisoner of Gitmo!

  • Pathfinder75

    I don’t know how Luqman can honestly claim that there’s a dearth of fantasy characters for the black audience out there–I thought that’s what Alex Haley’s “Roots” was for.

  • Ian Thomas

    Harry Potter is white British, the author wrote him as such. Deal with it whiny black lady. As for Frozen, it’s a film based on a Northern European fairytale, with white characters, duh! You can’t have people of color in movies based on European fairytales, it’s not accurate. If minorities are complaining about the lack of diversity in movies such as Frozen or Harry Potter then why don’t they go and make their own movies? Problem solved.

    • Gina Tingles

      I wonder about that also. If the market really exists, why wouldn’t Tyler Perry or Spike Lee fill the need and make a few bucks? They have the means to do so.

  • How about an inclusive/diverse snowman?

    An ebonics-accented, jive-talking snowman who picks pockets, smokes reefer from his corn cob pipe and blames Whitey for keeping it real his failures.

    • OS-Q

      Jim Snow?

  • willbest

    Ignorant. Harry Potter was originally a bedtime story a white welfare mom made up for her white children. She also happens to be British which has an African British [edit: not American] population below 2%. She did throw in some token NE and SE Asians which happen to be the largest minority group in that country.

    With Frozen I agree, they could have made the gay shop keeper black. And then when they showed the non traditional family, it could have been 5 moms and 8 kids.

    But she won’t have to wait too long for her AA. They made the Storms black, and had them adopt a white girl for the Fantastic Four reboot.

    • connorhus

      Uhm. She had the Red Headed Weasely chick romantically involved with a Black student. Several other Black Characters and the eldest Weasely Twin was dating a Mulatto girl.

      • kikz2

        and outed dumbledore as gay.. that pissed me off.. it was noone’s business if he was……

  • connorhus

    I cannot think of one Fantasy story put out in the last two decades that did not include a minority of some type and a Black in particular. There maybe a few I didn’t read of course but any one that has been good enough to be adapted into a movie has also been adapted to include a Black. With the possible exception of the first LOTR trilogy (They added Blacks into Laketown for “The Hobbit” trilogy) and CS Lewis’ movie remakes, although I think they included Blacks on the island for “The Dawntreader” movie.

    Even every remake (Fantasy or not) in movie format, and let’s face it Blacks are not going to know anything about the literary side of things, has had a Black added in. From Robin Hood to “The Hobbit”. Not to mention Female heroes where none were written, gays, extra White Male antagonist and Black Super heroes.

    They also like to turn fantasy and Sci-Fi races into Black and Brown avatars too. Sneak the DIE-versity message in that way. Elf Maidens lusting after Dwarven Men, Blue chicks with tails and big lips. You get the idea.

  • Sick of it

    If you want to change the world, get off of welfare and do something worthwhile.

  • SlizzardAjeosshi

    Hey guys let me get off the tangent for a minute, before i have to start working for real.

    Many times i said i don’t hate any ethnic group, including blacks, and i wish everybody well.

    I still stick to my assertion, i truly don’t hate but i will happily confess that black “culture” truly irritates the living heck out of me.

    Their humor is crass, their mind dull, their demeanor rude and off-putting. Their constant obsession with sex (and i am Italian for Christ sake !) is childish and pathetic. Beats me truly how this sacred negro cargo cult developed because i find them overall a completely unattractive lot.

    Oh i hate their music as well

    And i’m not only talking about the vilest forms of hip-hop, all their music (including blues, jazz and funky) sound like monotone 2 chords rubbish to my ears

    • Sick of it

      Being realistic about an ethnic group does not equal hate.

      • none of your business

        How do I hate them; let me count the ways.

    • silviosilver

      To me it’s only “hate” if I want to hurt them. I don’t want to hurt anybody so I don’t regard my opinions, harsh though they can be, as “hate.”

  • E_Pluribus_Pluribus

    Literature worth anything at all is overwhelmingly white. British historian Thomas Macauley expressed this reality in a reference to the literature of India and Arabia:

    “I have read translations of the most celebrated Arabic and Sanscrit works. I have conversed both here and at home with men distinguished by their proficiency in the Eastern tongues. I am quite ready to take the Oriental learning at the valuation of the Orientalists themselves. I have never found one among them who could deny that a single shelf of a good European library was worth the whole native literature of India and Arabia. The intrinsic superiority of the Western literature is, indeed, fully admitted . . .”

    Macauley could have been talking about the literature of China — or anywhere but the West. And so it is with children’s literature, a fabulous heritage, the knowledge of which modern schools systems obscure and suppress.

  • jim

    I’m impressed by the comments on the original article. Can it be White’s are finally fed up? Will anything change?

    • Ike Eichenberg

      Not totally fed up, but more and more getting there.

  • DaveMed

    The Harry Potter books and movies feature a Black boy (Dean Thomas) in a relationship with a White, redheaded girl (Ginny Weasley).

    That’s more than enough diversity for me, thank you very much.

  • Stan D Mute

    A talking snowman is FAR more believable than a law abiding, intelligent, productive, nuclear family faithful, literate and well spoken negro..

    Maybe they should stop whining about appropriating white culture and develop some of their own that doesn’t involve pimps, hoes, slangin dope, robbing, or cannibalism?

  • Stan D Mute

    Isn’t the point of fantasy really escapism? Perhaps the point then of all-white fantasy is to escape the “diversity” with which our world is plagued?

  • dd121

    The problems of rich northern negroes.

  • A Freespeechzone

    Why doesn’t ‘diversity’ write their own fantasies….nothing is stopping them from doing this.

    Whether the diversity fantasies would be business viable or not is another story…..probably not.

    In the end, publishers look at the bottomline—BS diversity won’t ever change that.

    • Bobbala

      As long as you leave people with a choice, there is always the danger that they will use it.

      “You can have any color you want as long as it’s black.”
      — Henry Ford

  • guest

    “It’s funny, and sad, where we draw the lines for what’s acceptable in fantasy movies. Somehow a talking snowman makes more sense than, say, a black Norwegian.”

    What’s not funny but definitely sad is how parents like this one can brainwash their children into believing that everything White is wrong. The idea that diversity leads to love, equality, and harmony is nothing more than fantasy. It just doesn’t work that way in real life.

  • Caucasoid88

    Dear Amina,

    If you’re so saddened by fantasy books written by white authors published by white companies not having any Negroidal characters in them, then write your own. Make all of the characters black.

    Oh, wait. It takes a lot of work. Scratch that. Just whine.

  • RacialRay

    Its been shown in studies that little brown girls overwhelmingly prefer white Barbie dolls to the mud-colored ones. Sorry, this is just how it is.

    The thought of a black Norwegian is a frickin’ hoot, though.

    “Hvordan gar det, yo.”

  • rebellisMMXII

    Hmmm, let’s see: I Robot, The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008), After Earth, Blade, The Matrix,…I could go on but science fiction has diversity spades…books, well they never really say that Elf’s are white…want diversity use imagination.

    • none of your business

      I absolutely loved Blade despite the fact that he was played by Wesley Snipes. Considering that I can’t stand to even look at blacks that is something. I even bought GEICO insurance because their TV spokes critter is an extremely extremely lizard.
      All the rest of the TV insurance spokes critters are ugly black men. When I canceled ALLstate after 30 years I told them why.

    • PvtCharlieSlate

      In Arthur Clarke’s “Imperial Earth”, the protagonists were three generations of blacks (two of them cloned) and there was the curator of the Mount Vernon Plantation Museum (named George Washinton) who was “darker than African kings” and who lamented that there were really just too few genuine black skins to be found anymore (in 2276).

  • bilderbuster

    No Black fantasy characters?
    Just about every movie, TV show, commercial and advertisement has Black fantasy characters. We see them everyday.
    You know, the monogamous, well educated, well spoken, well mannered, well dressed, hard working, friendly, honest, law abiding Black man who is relentlessly beaten, murdered, framed for a crime he is innocent of, discriminated against everywhere he goes by the evil White man?

    • 1G25

      Outstanding ! Thanks for the laugh !

    • newscomments70

      The home security commercials feature black saviors with white criminals/home invaders.

      • bilderbuster

        Every last one of them does that.
        Allstate insurance has the Black man giving the White woman her purse and the mean White tightwad with the fishing pole pestering the Asian woman. And then there’s the White dufuss who manages to rear end the Black driver in the middle of the dessert.

        • newscomments70

          there is a website that lists the many examples of anti-white advertising. This is one of the many reasons why you should cut your cable.

  • “It’s time for the world to change.”
    –Amina Luqman (original article)

    That is not a remark a nominal “adult” would make. The word does not have to change just because you are issuing petulant whines about what it is like, Amina. That is akin to me despairing over the fact that there are no large, saltwater game fish in landlocked Colorado.

  • tjh

    Good old fashioned capitalism says that if money can be made off of it- someone would be doing it. I can’t help thinking that if they want that kind of book/movie- they should write it themselves, instead of complaining that white people aren’t “diverse” or “inclusive” enough.

    • none of your business

      That is why there is so much over representation of blacks on TV. Who spends most of their time watching TV? Blacks.

      • 1G25

        A Russian acquaintance visiting America for the first time was astounded when I told him the population was only about 13% negro. Television had convinced him it was about 50%.

  • LexiconD1

    Blacks read? Because I’ve been in lots of book stores in my 40+ years, and I don’t recall ever seeing one? Anywhere. Even in the music section.

    Oh my, I turned on my television, and that 70’s show, “What’s Happening” is on, WTF?

  • antiquesunlight

    I always enjoyed the Eurocentrism of fantasy movies and books. Maybe this lady can write a fantasy story about witchdoctors and magical hippos or something. I’m sure people will love it.

  • PesachPatriot

    I’ve been a big fantasy sci-fi fan since I learned to read….my favorite was lord of the rings and the plot, names and lands in that trilogy were difficult for me to keep up with…..most of america’s 13 percent just aren’t into fantasy books or movies and never will be….

    • none of your business

      I devoured The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings during one of the rainy N.California winters. It rained 11 days straight, heavy downpours and I stayed home and read those books. Aragorn is my ideal man.

      • PesachPatriot

        Aragorn is pretty cool, but Gandalf was always my favorite character….I was sorely tempted to name my daughter arwen, galadriel or eowyn after my favorite female elf characters from the trilogy….

  • IstvanIN

    Why don’t black’s learn to write?

    • MannyR

      They have, they write their raps down all they time.that’s probably about as good as it’s going to get in terms of heavy literature.

  • WhiteMalePhD

    It’s really a shame that Disney doesn’t make a movie about all the African fairy-tails that pre-modern Africans wrote on paper they made, in their own alphabet, to be printed on the printing press they invented, and stored in all the libraries that they built.

  • This article will give Multicultural Marxist readers their delicious White-guilt fix for the day. They can revel in the fact that other Whites do not feel appropriately guilty, all the while living in the same White neighborhoods as conservatives. Think how happy Blacks, Hispanics and others will be someday when Europeans have formed their own nations, after which people of color will be free to create their very own film industry, top-notch universities, advanced medical centers, high rises, ocean liners, opera houses, cyclotrons, space programs, without being held back by racism!

  • none of your business

    Whites have fantasy characters, blacks have cable and network TV and more than half the movies. Even FOX has blacks on every show. If you want your kid to watch blacks just turn on the TV. I believe there is a cute movie starring Will Smith as a superman type. He lives on the beach in California and does all the superman stuff.

  • silviosilver

    If you ask me, racial diversity is the land of make-believe.

  • Hubbub

    Even fantasy movies require a sense of reality to be pertinent to viewers. We don’t see, nor should we expect to see, white Kalahari Bushmen in a fantasy movie about that subject. Only in America and in Europe do the intelligentsia want to see and read about diversity since they themselves live in a fantasy world of their own.

  • Theron

    “Somehow a talking snowman makes more sense than, say, a black Norwegian.”
    A talking snowman makes about a billion times more sense than a black Norwegian. A talking snowman would at the very least BELONG in Norway. The same cannot be said about blacks. There is no such thing as a “black Norwegian,” and there never will be!

  • Uncle Bob

    I despise how they ruin the immersion of European fantasy movies by casting races that are wrong or out of place for the setting. It’s as ridiculous and cheesy as casting John Wayne as Genghis Kahn. (The Conqueror 1956) Whether I’m watching Chinese Kung Fu, Japanese Samurai movies, Greek Mythology, Norse, Eskimos or whatever – I don’t want to be confronted by the inexplicable appearance of Africans in the story.
    Only B-grade studios would do that. What’s to stop them from creating or reviving mythic tales from ancient Africa or Central/South America? Don’t intrude on other’s Mythologies -otherwise you ruin the experience.

  • SolStans

    Whites really aren’t going to be allowed anything to ourselves- even Harry, Elsa, and Frodo. If this mother wants a diversa-polooza fantasy world, why doesn’t she write a page-turning series of books to challenge the White Supremacist Rowl-kien System? Oh wait, that would require enough verbal skill to keep people interested in what she has to say, and judging by this sample, Mammy just ain’t got it.

  • OyVey00

    Creating a fantasy world requires a lot of abstract thinking and fairy tales are based on human morality, both of which are alien to the common negro.

  • 1G25

    ” It’s time for the world to change.”

    Sure is. Whining parasitical negroes have been tolerated far too much, far too long in this country.

    I have a few ideas on how to change that.

  • haroldcrews

    Looks like appropriation being a bad thing only works one way. Who could have ever guessed.

  • baldridge999

    The rational solution would be for blacks to write their own fantasy novels. Of course, the ultimate black fantasy would invariably be stories about a black hero exterminating every white person in the universe. A follow-up would be about exterminating all Asians. Volume three could be about exterminating all Latinos and so on until only blacks exist. But then who would give them their welfare checks?

  • Whiteplight sees the Emperor N

    Maybe it’s because in their fantasies, non-whites want to be white? If not, why do black women, among other races and ethnicity so often straighten their hair and die it blonde? Michael Jackson wanted to be white so badly that he hurt his health dying his skin white for years. A black “Fozen” is preposterous, but I saw a video on Youtube last year where a black African chorus was backing up the Ice Princess (whatever she is called) as she sung the theme song. I think it was done using CGI and not an actual performance.

    As for LOTR, it was written when Europe was overwhelmingly white, and it was written by Tolkien for the purpose of conveying what he (as THE scholar in English and Anglo-Saxon literature) the values he considered that the then generations were losing (see: “Creating the Middle Ages,” Cantor). Tolkien did include other races, but as intact cultures, as they still were in his time, with some minor exceptions. The main one is contained within the main storyline. It is of the occasional intermarriages between Elves and men. Aragorn (the pivotal character in the trilogy) is promised to Arwen, an elf princess). The problem for the race baitors is that Tolkien’s elves were tall, intelligent and beautiful, as the Nordic Ideal would be.

    Tolkien’s writings came out of Northern European history, and cultural mythology. One could claim that the entire business of fantasy literature and film has occurred because of his works. Everything from “Star Wars” to “Harry Potter” and beyond, even into these vampire/zombie/hungergame type films all owe their popularity to Tolkien, because when his LOTR was published, fantasy literature was unpopular. It took almost two decades of incubation for the imitators to emerge. Then, it became big business.

    But one has to wonder why this comes up now and with such ridiculous concerns? No one is going after “The Lion King.” Like a black Thor, a black “Wizard of Oz” and a black “Frozen” will fall flat. (I know, “The Whiz” but it’s history. Nothing touches the original).

    This is just the newest round of attacks on anything that can be taken as a bastion of white culture, like beer brewing (which has also fallen under scrutiny) and NASCAR. They mean to leave no stone unturned.

  • Some Guy

    Imagine the outcry if a White writer wrote:

    “I could try to raise an European-centric child, to create a White world for him–but the reality is I’m not really an European-centric adult.”
    When black pseudo-intellectuals speak of change, they are only referring for white people to change and surrender everything they have worked hard for. This is what the Obama Administration is known best for, he be robbin for da hood.

  • Fed Up

    Blame it on the tacit awareness that “non-White” simply won’t sell. Although the endless flow of trash movies from Hollywood always have a bunch of non-Whites in the cast. Which is why my wife and I stopped wasting money going to movies decades ago. I mean why should we pay for the privilege of having Hollywood schlock meisters try to brainwash us. To make us feel and believe we’re not normal if we don’t have a bunch of Black “best friends.”

  • Kit Ingoldby

    If black people want black characters in books and films, all they have to is write some books and create some films. Or they could just whine.

  • Steven Barr

    I don’t know about any other fantasy author but JRR Tolkien was heavily racialist in his outlook. He was against Hitler’s Germany but he did believe in Nordicism.

  • dewdly

    The mother is right about one thing – multiculturalism is pure fantasy..

  • dewdly

    Apparently she hasn’t shared the rich heritage of black fantasy with her son or he could have dressed as a witch doctor- much more believable and and scary than a “brown” Harry Potter.

  • edwin karninsky

    No white kids in the Cosby family. No whites in ‘Sister, Sister.’ No whites in Matters.’ No whites in ‘What’s Happening,’ or ‘Good Times,’ the only white on the Jeffersons was a stooge.

  • jay11

    Black people largely don’t read much at all. Latinos largely don’t read at all. Period. Asians read a little, but not much in terms of euro-centric stuff. Fantasy books and movies are largely written by white people for an audience that is looking for that stuff: in other words other whites. The idea that a fantasy story has to reflect ‘diversity’ to appeal to ‘all races’ is junk feel-goodism. People who say they are for diversity and all races/people are equal, are asking for special token characters to what? ‘Appeal’ to a ‘diverse’ audience. If all races are equally the same, or if race doesn’t exist, then they should not object to an all white cast in a story or movie. Aren’t all people the same?
    Oh, but then they want to muscle in on what whites are doing. You don’t see black people asking Chinese film makers to add blacks to their stories and legends. You don’t see Latinos asking for more Bangladeshi actors in their own movies for diversity. In Latin America, even though 70% of the population in some countries is indio, you only see ‘white Hispanics’ on TV.
    Should we demand Roots have a white guy playing Kunta Kinte? It is largely a work of fiction, as has been proven. Can you imagine a remake of Zulu Dawn with a multiracial black/white/Asian tribe of Zulus? Stories need some context and reality to work, even if they are fantasy stories. If a story is set in the cold north, and even if it has talking dragons or whatever, you still expect at least the local people to be in place. Remember the Disney Princess and the Frog movie? They didn’t have castles in Africa, or flowing gowns or a very euro-style lifestyle.

  • jay11

    There’s a kids magazine called Highlights. It is a diversity-lover’s paradise.

  • IKUredux

    Cripes. Blacks are constantly complaining of cultural appropriation. Yeah. Right. Meanwhile, not only have they appropriated EVERYTHING of our culture(other than our manners, decorum, proper ways of speaking, altruism, hard work, civility, cleanliness, social trust), but they have the NERVE to insist that they also must be included in the fantasy works of private citizens who write novels for their livelihood. JHC, how much more are we poor benighted Whites to endure? Seriously, is this just another al sharpton type shakedown? I mean, can’t you just see it? Some poor White tries to write a fantasy novel (under pressure) that only has black characters. He makes the characters seem black, he is then attacked for a racist characterization of blacks. He makes the black characters kinda White. He is attacked for not understanding the “black experience” and is branded a racist. WOW. JUST WOW. You are a racist if you do, you are a racist if you don’t. (Damn). The moral to our story, kiddies? Give up. There is no winning the P.C. war. There is no winning the war on race relations. The battle line that has been drawn, actually encircles every White on this planet. And, the circle grows ever smaller. Pick a direction, and fight back.

  • WR_the_realist

    Blacks are free to write their own fantasy novels with black heroes and black heroines. They are free to make their own movies with black characters. But rather than do any of that, they’d rather complain about the stories white people create.

  • Koriel

    One of my favorite tv shows was “Stargate SG-1”. They never go to a planet with a black civilization.

  • Martel

    When whites emerge themselves into the fantasy world of some novel they do so to relax and forget about the everyday tensions present in a multiracial society. Its just another form of ‘white flight’.

  • alfy

    IN THE 50’S THE BLACKS WERE NICE AND MOST OF THE YOUNG PEOPLE DID NOT HAVE AN ATTITUDE NOW ALL THESE BLACK S.O.B.S SEEM TO THINK THEY OWN AMERICA,I SAY SEND THEM ALL BACK TO AFRICA,GOD PUT THEM THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE AND WE MADE A TERRIBLE MISTAKE BY BRINGING THEM TO AMERICA,LINCOLN AND KENNEDY WERE WRONG GIVING THEM ALL THESE RIGHTS,I AM SO GLAD WE DON’T HAVE BLACKS IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD.MOST OF THEM LIVE ON THE NORTH SIDE OF IN WHAT WE CALL LITTLE CHICAGO