This is why Shyalaman got so much rage and hate for casting caucasian kids.
This is something I keep trying to convey in conversations about representation. If you never see people who look like you achieve anything, then how do you believe in yourself? It’s not just about fiction (though fiction matters so very much), it is also about what history is taught. Erasing the past can only damage the future.
Reblogging because this has been my life and pretty much my big huge secret since forver. And with Korra coming out, having a ~*female, brown, strong, tomboy*~ character gives me an even better feeling about my race and general identity.
*RUGBY TACKLE OF LOVE**HUG*
I don’t want to get all misty eyed but like, there are some people that really don’t get how big a deal seeing someone that looks like you, someone that you can relate to, presented in the media. I feel like I say this all the time, but this is the why the erasure and marginalization and whitewashing of PoCs (and women, not that the two are mutually exclusive obvs) is such a big deal.
Some people don’t seem to understand the impact that seeing yourself -or not seeing yourself- presented in a positive light can have. Media is such a huge agent of socialization; it’s effects are formative, whether or not you’re conscious of it.
It’s presenting the norm -THIS is what a hero looks like- and you pick up pretty damned quickly whether or not you fit that image.
Hugs for everyone, okay?