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The point is: when people resist more open casting, in a lot of cases they don't really think they have any particular prejudice. They are acting upon a vague feeling. It feels "right" to them to have a white man as the hero because those are the heroes they grew up with, that inspired them to then create their own stories. It feels "normal." Until someone comes along, challenges that norm -- and they realize, 'Hey, this works, too!'
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By casting someone who looks so unlike Simone, but has whiter, more favoured features erases her in her own movie. That just doesn't make sense. It's not as though Saldana can't make her best efforts as an actress to try to try and put herself if Simone's dark skin and embody her character, but why is she needed to do that when there are so many other actresses who have lived this life themselves.
If being Black represents strength and a great history of kings and queens (and therefore feeds my personal identity), why then does everything I tell myself about being Black seem more like a story that I tell myself so that I can deal with the actuality of being Black? I grew up around Black people who told other Black people, and who learned from non-Black people, that being Black was ugly.
The 36-year-old actress and mother-of-two looks absolutely radiant.
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