As if this were some novel idea. This has been going on, this 'adding diversity', for decades now. Disney in particular has done it to excess, with its many animated features and its other products. Pocahontas, Mulan, and the latest 'black princess' character, Tiana. If they can work in a miscegenation storyline, as with Pocahontas, so much the better.
Disney has gone PC with a vengeance ever since it was taken over by Michael Eisner. And yet it's not enough. Never enough.
I remember years ago that there was a TV show called 'Julia', which depicted a black registered nurse, a single mother, raising a young child. She lived in a picture-perfect apartment, (as with most sitcoms and TV series, to be fair) and many people objected to the 'whitewashing' of the character and her situation. The series star, Diahann Carroll, said
"At the moment we're presenting the white Negro. And he has very little Negroness."
Critics seemed to feel that it did not show the true sufferings of black single mothers, or blacks generally. Nowadays, such soft-focus depictions of blacks, this portraying them as actually wiser, better behaved, and more competent than Whites, is the standard.
Disney's black and other minority characters are depicted in much the same glamorized way. It seems the diversity enforcers require that the image be shown through a glamour lens.
The NYT article has black mothers rhapsodizing over this supposedly 'novel' presentation of black characters. Where have these people been? Children's TV and movies (just like all TV and movies) have had a surfeit of minority characters for years and years. There seems to be an absolute minimum quota which must be met in order for the product to be released. Any program or movie which is 'too White', even one set back in medieval Europe when there were no 'diversities' about, will not see the light of day. But apparently there are black children who are somehow starved for the sight of 'brown' characters in entertainment.
But is this mandated diversity meant to serve those poor children who have never seen any character who ''looks like them'' on TV or in a movie? Or is it aimed at another demographic?
The quote from the doctor which I excerpted above suggests that the 'diversity' is meant for White viewers. It is not meant just to make black children 'feel good about themselves' but to make the rest of us 'feel good' not about ourselves, but about 'diversity.' The world will not be right until an adequate amount of 'diversity', meaning fewer Whites, prevails everywhere. No stone is to be left unturned; even the remotest corner must be supplied with the requisite amount of 'diversity.' And all of us must be appropriately enthusiastic about diversity. Only then will the world be right.
This is what ''changing the future of the nation'' actually means: removing the offending homogeneity which once characterized Disney movies, (and after all, America was roughly 90 per cent White a few decades ago). "Changing the future of the nation" is what we saw in that hideous Olympics 2012 opening ritual. Rewriting not only history, but present reality as well, airbrushing -- or is that too gentle a word? -- Whites out of the picture, erasing them from history books and textbooks.
Otherwise, why is it that the great numbers of 'diverse' characters on TV and in movies is never enough? 12 per cent of the population becomes something like 30 or 40 per cent on television and in movies, and yet there are constant complaints of 'not enough blacks on TV'. Not enough diversity. Apparently it is easy to have ''too many Whites'' but not enough diversity.
The Doc McStuffins story sounds very much like the Cosby Show or the Julia series, with characters who bear scant resemblance to the majority of the black 12 per cent of America. Perhaps the social engineers think that they can persuade black children to grow up to be doctors, veterinarians, nurses, whatever, by means of Disney cartoons.
Or more likely, they just want to convince the rest of the gullible consumers out there that we are All The Same. And yet if we are All The Same, why the outcry for 'diversity'? If race is a social construct, then so is this precious ''diversity.''