Why is Mickey Mouse’s face white?

I keep seeing this Disney World commercial featuring a whitewashed-but-somehow-racially diverse family promoting itself as “normal.” Given the way in which this “normal” family’s (already ambiguous) culture is diluted, it’s a lame attempt by Disney at racial inclusivity. Whiteness remains the norm.

(Cross promotional note: this “real” family unsurprisingly resembles the Disney-affiliated normalcy represented in Modern Family.)

With this racial lens on, it then strikes me: why does Mickey, a black mouse, have a white face?

(Deconstruction note: this brief post is not necessarily an accusation of Disney as much as an observation of a systemic racial bias.)

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