“Since I was 11, I have struggled with trying to figure out who I am and loving myself.”
Nila Venkat grew up equating white with beautiful. In her teens, she developed a stronger sense of self, and became reconciled with her identity as an immigrant and an Indian-American.
The overrepresentation of white characters in American culture contributes to the systematic oppression of people of color. Negative stereotypes perpetuate discrimination, Eurocentric beauty standards provoke low self-esteem, and white washing, like in “Pan”, erases POC humanity.