Black, Like Me?: A literary question and challenge

Most of us believe that we can write, otherwise we wouldn't be here.
Most of us believe that we are of sound mind, fertile imagination, and are socially aware and socially conscientious.

So here's the question and the challenge:

Without any substantive change in narrative and plot as written originally, and without any negative impact on popularity and audience acceptance, which of the following title characters, do you think, might well have been portrayed (or cast) as black, like me?:

Harry Potter

Peter Pan

Alice (In Wonder Land)

The Wizard of OzPlease, answer the question FIRST, and then address the challenge by providing a brief explanation for your answer.

Thanks for reading and participating.

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Comment by Ron Powell on March 8, 2019 at 8:19am

Amy, would your take have forced the story line to focus on race as the central element/aspect of the dramatic themes involved in the Harry Potter series?

The nub of the question here is, can any of these stories be told (on stage or screen) with a black actor/actress without causing a change or shift in the dramatic focus or central themes?

Could the charracter portrayed by Sidney Portier in 'Lillies of the Field' been done by a white actor without making any difference re the question I raise here?

Comment by Ron Powell on March 8, 2019 at 10:02am

@AKA; Tinker Bell, a Peter Pan character, is the name of the fairy you see re Disney on TV...

Alice is an interesting choice...

Given the number of times Wizard of Oz has been on TV, it is nothing short of amazing that you haven't had the experience of seeing the movie from beginning to end....

Comment by Maui Surfer on March 8, 2019 at 10:18am

How about Cabin in the Sky with an All-White cast? I say this to PROVE that the scumbag bigot audiences would NOT have accepted much of anything, it took all the way to Michael Jackson to make The Wiz, and he turned out to be imperfect to say the least.

I want to take this opportunity to plug 1961's BLACK LIKE ME to any of you white folks who just don't get it. There is no excuse, it has been almost sixty years since the intense prejudice and bigotry was outright proved.

Also, if you are truly interested in the prison system problems of today, then be sure and read Claude Brown's MANCHILD IN THE PROMISED LAND, again, the old switcher-oo, how could that have been done with a white cast?

To follow your format, I think Harry Potter could easily have been done with a black child star, whether Smith or not, but, I don't think it would have become the billion dollar franchise it did if that had been the casting, could have still been an excellent movie.

Viva Black Panther !!!

Comment by koshersalaami on March 8, 2019 at 2:16pm

You’ve never seen the Wizard of Oz start to finish?

That movie is a critical part of American cultural education. You should rectify that ASAP. 

Comment by koshersalaami on March 8, 2019 at 2:19pm

Was Manchild made into a movie? If I were looking for that kind of reading, I’d suggest Makes Me Wanna Holler, Nathan McCall. 

Comment by Maui Surfer on March 8, 2019 at 2:59pm

NO, but the time is right. Everyone who wants to understand AmeriKKKa should still read the book.

Comment by Ron Powell on March 8, 2019 at 3:13pm
Manchild in the Promised Land is a 1965 autobiographical novel written by Claude Brown. It chronicles the author's coming-of-age story amidst poverty and violence in Harlem during the 1940s and 1950s
Originally published:1965
No movie.....
Comment by koshersalaami on March 8, 2019 at 3:41pm

Makes Me Wanna Holler is more recent. It resonated with me more.  

Comment by Maui Surfer on March 9, 2019 at 9:04am

One thing Manchild does is help explain how our prisons got to where they are, no film, SEMINAL BOOK.


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