Tiana's creation has been lauded as a milestone. She is a first in a long succession of Disney princesses, which began more than 70 years ago. The toys she inspires will acknowledge the beauty of young black women as children of all colors identify with Tiana.
Still, as the mother of two young girls, I fear I will be doing damage control for years after the credits roll.
In a recent New York Times article, critics railed on whether or not Tiana conquers racial stereotypes. Forget about all that. The problem is with the princess mentality.
The princess mentality is pervasive in our society. Everything from baby bibs to bicycles is scrawled with the P-word. A mother has to shop long and hard to find clothing that isn't glittery or pierced with rhinestones. Just when you think you've defeated the princess marketing monster, someone else shows up on your doorstep with the cutest thing ever.
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