Mermaids Aren’t Real, But the Racism Is

I’m 32, and I’ve never grown up with a Black Disney Princess

Michelle Saahene
4 min readJul 9, 2019

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The past several days my timelines have been flooded with racism towards Disney’s decision to cast a Black girl, Halle Bailey, as Ariel the mermaid. That decision instantly set of anger and rage from an alarming amount of white women…over a mermaid. It’s as if they are tying Ariel to their actual identity, and now that she isn’t white, it’s completely shattered their dreams of becoming a mermaid in real life. Maybe there’s been a surge of fluoride in our drinking…

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