So much controversy and division these days! Now there’s fighting within the black community over who suffered the most and who gets to represent Black heritage. Black immigrants from Africa or England also experienced racism, remember apartheid?! Why is it wrong for a British or African-born person to portray Harriett Tubman or Martin Luther King Jr? If they are great actors isn’t that sufficient? It’s not like an Asian or Caucasian is putting on black face to portray an African-American hero. People are splitting hairs I think on this issue. An immigrant from Africa will still be discriminated against by racists, they don’t escape that because they were born in Africa or England. Isn’t racism partly why Megan Markle left England?
On the other hand I too dislike when Asian roles that are specific to a culture are haphazardly given to clueless actors, (for example when Non-Koreans portrayed Koreans in the show, “Mash” because they butchered the Korean language and therefore misrepresented Koreans). I also dislike how Asians are too often all grouped together as “Chinese” when we have distinctly different physical appearance, language and customs; so yes I’d prefer that the original culture is represented by actors from that culture. In the show, “Kim’s Convenience” several non-Koreans portray Koreans but I think they don’t look Korean and they don’t seem to understand the culture, so I dislike that, but at least they’re trying? I guess my point is, actors should throughly research, and depict their character with authenticity and respect and if it’s possible, the studios and casting directors should chose actors that genuinely fit the part. What do you think?