By now, you’ve probably seen the new movie “Spanking Stories,” which centers on Dixie Carter, a 14-year-old black girl who becomes the butt of an entire family’s jokes and then spends her entire life learning how to live up to her parents’ expectations.
But the movie doesn’t just have a black character in it; it also has a black voice actress who plays Dixie, and a white voice actress to play the daughter.
And Dixie is not the only one who gets to voice Dixie in this film.
A few weeks ago, the BBC revealed that it is producing a television series about the adventures of the “Little Red Book,” a character from the classic children’s book of the same name.
In this way, the film and TV series can be seen as two parts of the very same story.
While the film itself has the same story of a black girl trying to learn how to be a good girl in a white household, the TV series will tell the story of D.J. Carter, an African-American teenager who is adopted by a white family after her family’s racist ways are exposed.
This is the first time the two television series have been announced together, and it could very well be the first TV series to make an effort to make Dixie a white character, instead of a character who is also black.
And in a world where black people are often portrayed as bad and violent, the show could help educate viewers to the idea that racism does not have to be present in every circumstance.
As I write this, I’m not sure if I can say I’m excited for the show to happen.
For now, though, I am glad it is happening, because it shows how a series about a black female character could be a way for children of color to see themselves in a way that most white children are not allowed to.
I hope Dixie finds the show, which premiered on Netflix on February 17, a huge success.