It matters immensely. The fact that Korra, a strong, independent woman of color is the lead character in an action cartoon series, especially of this quality and popularity, is a HUGE deal. To say that it doesn’t matter is called erasure — Korra’s race must be acknowledged if racism is going to change at all.
The kids that watch this show are going to grow up realizing that dark-skinned people (and dark skinned girls) are people too, and they are strong, and they are good people. And that’s something that hasn’t happened a lot in the past… If at all. The vast majority of leads in action series’ like this one are white males.
I understand the sentiment, truly, but it’s misguided. Being “colorblind” actually HURTS people of color even if it seems like a noble idea.” —Legend of Korra Confessions: in response to this submission: “I really don’t see why everyone is like “I’m so glad that there’s a black girl on Avatar now”. Korra’s not really black, she’s just either a tanned Asian or an Inuit. There’s a huge difference there. And besides, Katara was the same color, and no one described her as a “dark girl” or “girl of color”. Not that it really matters. Even if she were purple, it wouldn’t matter.” (via racebending)
- Joss Whedon: Hello fans.
- Joss Whedon: Look at your screen.
- Joss Whedon: Now back to me.
- Joss Whedon: Now back at your screen.
- Joss Whedon: Your favorite characters just died.
I think I need to participate in the Tumblr art community’s Creamsicle business today…. hmm… do I have the time….