A lesson from Winston Smith, whose job it was to erase history. Soon, those who come after us will not even know we existed.
Glenn Geller, the president of CBS Entertainment, told The Hollywood Reporter recently that the network is developing a new series starring Nancy Drew as a 30-something NYPD detective, with one major change to the strawberry-blonde, blue-eyed heroine: “She is diverse, that is the way she is written … [She will] not [be] Caucasian. I’d be open to any ethnicity.”
From this one statement pulled from The Atlantic shows us two things. First, popular culture has no respect for white, European, culture or traditions. They will take anything we have produced, especially our cultural stories like Nancy Drew, and change them, erase us from our own history. Second, they do not consider Caucasian to be an ethnicity. They specifically say “open to any ethnicity” but “She will not be Caucasian.”
They’ve erased us twice, and people rejoice over the “progress.”