Live Action Ariel:
A beautiful, young, talented Black girl in a big movie role may be new to this world, but what is not new, and is rather ancient, are the spiritual beliefs, historical significance, and artistic creations of Black mermaids, Black water spirits, Black mythical creatures, Black sea goddesses and so on. Thus, the pairing of a woman’s beauty with the Earth, and in this case, the water, is a cultural, spiritual and historical phenomena that goes deeper than a single man who wrote just one mermaid story.
Barbarism (not the nicely labeled “backlash”)-but call it what it is, barbarism is coming from various living things who have no significance, civilization, sense or soul beyond the surface level, the very top layer of the sea. How would they know about any creatures that live deep in the sea, when they themselves don’t have the ability to think, empathize, or imagine deeply. They have no depth and are not connected to anything divine; therefore, they are unqualified and unworthy to speak about a whole new world that is a deep, dark mysterious world that takes soul to imagine.
They are loud, numerous and are never held accountable by the powers that be. Looking at you Disney, speak up! Though they are virulently vocal, and have been taught that the world revolves around them…they are still not part of my world.
Bottom (of the sea–I know I know) line: Black mermaids are older than The Little Mermaid.
With that being said, I no longer argue about this issue or any similar issues. And it feels great! I said what I said, but I said it for ME!
And my promise to myself is to say no more in regards to “them.”
Mermay Slay Art Print
Artist: Vashiti Harrison
Natural white, matte, ultra smooth background
100% cotton, acid and lignin-free archival paper
Art prints are available in five sizes, from extra small to extra large.
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