White: The Default Race

With the arrival of The Last Airbender, the long-anticipated and controversial movie based on the animated series, which I blogged about a few weeks back, the question of whiteness has become a hot topic again. The belief (among whites) that whiteness is the default race unless a character (animated)has “ethnically” stereotypical features. Example: if a character does not have slanted eyes, yellow skin and black hair, it cannot be Asian (the “issue” with Anime characters).

So, I ask: Does this character look white? (default race)

How about this one?

Or this one?

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