Diverse representations of black people in media has nothing to do with “political correctness”. It has little to do with fairness, either. This is not a zero-sum game by which black gain equals white loss. What it concerns, most significantly, is the acceptance of this proposal that Black Lives Matter. That Black People Matter. Black representations are a matter of survival. Of casting us as fully-realized human beings with thoughts, feelings, dreams, aspirations, complexity, agency — against a backdrop that explicitly shows and tells us (everyone) that the opposite is true.
Ever since the first airing of The Legend of Korra, fans have been abuzz with speculations over the identity of the masked antagonist, Amon. Some theories have been plausible, others have been completely asinine, like “Amon = Aang!” Seriously?