For the most part, I agree with this article. I too find it ridiculous and blatantly racist that the lead for The Last Airbender went to an unknown white actor. I have to say, though, I found two aspects of the analysis flawed. The first was very insulting, and was this sentence:
Americans have a long standing history of playing other ethnic minorities, starting as far as 1829 with the play “Metamora."
"American" does not equal white. It never has, and that's institutional racism, pure and simple. I'm half white. I am all American.
The second was the argument that because The Last Airbender was done in English, this implies the leads are white. The article takes this as a serious argument. It's not. English isn't just for the English anymore. There are more English speakers in India than there are in England, so it's a dumb argument. Period. That, I feel, should have been added to the other analysis in the article.
But, sad to say, this article and ones like it needed to be written. I will not be going to see The Last Airbender. I agree. It's yellowface, blatant and inexcusable.