Disney, it is time for a beautiful black princess!

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Disney films, toys, clothing, costumes and other memorabilia can be found throughout modern American culture, as well as being distributed around the world. Disney has become intertwined with childhood fantasies and imaginative play. This Halloween, I saw many little girls dressed up as their favorite Disney princess. Little girls love to pretend that they are a Disney princess. The princesses have become a symbol of femininity, grace and beauty. The Disney princesses can be found everywhere around us, on coats, backpacks, lunch boxes, dolls, and P.J.'s (just to name a very few).

I too have a cute little girl. She is feminine, graceful and beautiful. But unfortunately, there is not a Disney princess for her to imagine being. Why? My daughter is black. Disney has never had a female black character in any of their major motion pictures. All of my daughters friends, whether Asian, Caucasian (in many hair shades), Native-American, or Middle Eastern, have Disney icons to tell them they are beautiful. My daughter and millions of beautiful black girls around the world have been excluded from the Disney Princess Parties.

What message is Disney sending to these impressionable little girls? Why has Disney chosen to ignore such a large American population (not to mention world population)? Almost every other major toy manufacturer in American now produces black dolls. Disney does not have one.

This petition is to ask Disney to stop excluding black characters from their princess line-up. The time has come for Disney to move into the 21st century and recognize that black is beautiful too. There are so many wonderful princess stories and folklore from the African continent; surely one of these would merit a cartoon! Lets stop sending the message to our children that only light skin is feminine, graceful and beautiful. There are so many strong black queens and princesses in our past, that our little girls deserve to be included.

Disney, it is time for a beautiful black princess!