Well, if when Tifa appeared in the trailer she was shown as a blonde, your first thought would have likely been "Who's that?" or "Is she meant to be Tifa?!"
Are blonde white girls under-represented in media? No, that's why it would make no sense or have no point to switch Tifa to a blonde, because it would not have any worth for an inclusive society.
All of what goes into a character design has importance. Hair color, skin color, what clothes they would were, etc.
True, which is exactly why it's so important to make the media more accepting and, again, inclusive of all types of people, and broaden people's horizons. Media not only reflects society, but also influences it.
When a characteristic is changed, it affects our perception in one way or another, negatively or positively. I mean like, say how in real life, if someone you've known, without warning, suddenly has a drastic change in appearance, we sort of get hit with the uncanny valley, and need time to process the change.
Needing time to get used to the change is something entirely different than being hurt, upset or offended by it.
And that's a perfectly normal behavior for all forms of animal life. We see something look a certain way, so we expect it to look that way.
So when a character looks a certain way, we associate that character with those looks. When that changes, we have a negative reaction. Going by this, having issue with a white-skinned character becoming black-skinned is no different than complaining about a blue-skinned character becoming orange.
If we react negatively about one of ??? dozens of white Disney characters being black instead of white in a remake, then maybe the problem isn't the change, but our inability to think outside of the bubble.
Maybe we should look for a way to change our mind, and not voice it respectlessly.
Maybe we should understand that the reason we are feeling negatively is because of our centuries of superiority complex, and not because there's anything to feel negatively about.
The second is that White erasure not "being a thing" (yet)
You have got to be kidding me right now. Is there anything, anywhere in the history of society that even remotely SUGGESTS that there will EVER be anything like white erasure? Do you really believe that there is a chance that white people will ever allow for anyone to erase them? I am legitimately shocked at this statement.
That's the biggest slap in the face of any non-white person I can imagine.
doesn't automatically make changing a white character into a black one okay. To think White erasure isn't a thing, so therefor it's okay, is in itself racist as its treating white people as lesser, and will become worse as long as people think that's okay.
Yes, I do think we white people are less than we make ourselves out to. We pretend we are 99% of the nation, 99% of what's important, 99% of who needs a say and who needs to be featured in any type of media. And that is wrong. So, sorry, but perhaps I am one of those unpleasant IRLs (just not IRL), because I do think we've been sitting on our comfy asses for too long, accepting inequality as long as it's not inequality towards us.
Racism is so much more than "well I'm taking a piece of your cake in a bad way".
It's about whole societies excluding people based on where they come from.
It's when a pregnant woman in Alabama gets charged for manslaughter because her unborn child died when she was shot in the stomach by a man with a gun.
Complaining about a white character becoming black and vice versa should be treated equally. As that's what equality is. Saying this racism is bad but that racism is okay is not okay. Racism is racism no matter who it's aimed at.
No, it should not. Making a white character black, again, does NOT in any kind of way erase the absolute monopoly white people have on the entirety of media and our whole society as it is, and where it's come from (slavery as one very significant term that we still, as little as we like to admit it, profit from).
It's like saying making a straight character gay in a remake is as harmful as making a gay character straight. Which it is not. Groups of people who have never experienced the kind of treatment that minorities face do not get to take the little representation they have away from them.
Thirdly, as I briefly mentioned in another comment, wanting non-white characters is great and wholly welcome, but changing a pre-existing white character to non-white can be seen as a hand-me-down to some. Disney and other companies need to be willing to put in the effort to make new non-white characters instead of painting over an old one and say "here's your diversity."
I'd agree if this were about another animated installment of TLM, in which case, yes, they could instead focus on creating a new story that's inclusive. But this is about a real life adaption, so it's not only about having a black Disney princess, but about having a black woman be cast as a Disney princess. That is real. It's somehow, at least so I hope, a more graspable concept to see a real black woman in a Disney movie, and I think it's a great chance that is being used here.