Disney’s Black Ariel Is Not Only About Diversity, But About Undoing Past Wrongs


This has already become somewhat of a predictable scene:
Disney creates a character of color. People celebrate the diversity of representation. Other people freak out about “ruining” the character.

However, creating a black Little Mermaid goes well beyond adding more diversity to the Disney princess world.

Disney’s princesses have been exclusively white for 55 years, and kids of color never got to see themselves in the Disney princess lineup.

The bigger problem was the way black girls were actually represented in the Disney world, including the racist imagery and messages that viewers consumed for decades.


Angelica Sampson is a writer and an activist that brilliantly explained why pointing out that representation is important does not complete the full picture, and it just sanitizes the reality of what black girls have been subjected to in Disney’s history: