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Can a Black Girl Play a White Character? Yes! Says Author of “Percy Jackson and the Olympians,” Rick Riordan

On May 5, Disney+ announced it had cast Leah Jeffries to play the role of Annabeth Chase in its upcoming screen adaptation of the young adult adventure series Percy Jackson and the Olympians. That move unleashed a firestorm of criticism on social media, with many complaints that a Black girl should not be playing a…