For example, I whitewash Angelina (though I’ve always thought she has very dark hair and strong lines). It’s not because her skin color would bother me, but because that’s the way I imagined them as I read them the first time. By the time I was 7 or 8, I quess, so I didn’t pay too much attention to all the details. That’s why Tiana Benjamin isn’t my Angelina.
Dear OP, you are still racist if, even after finding out that Angelina is Black, you continue to insist on whitewashing her and erasing her African ancestry instead of changing your mental image and defending, justifying, and excusing whitewashing. Apparently, you KNOW it’s racist, but you still do it anyway now that you’re old enough to know better — and if you truly and honestly don’t have a problem with her being Black, then you would stop whitewashing.
I’m filing this one under, ‘I’m not racist, but …’, as this is basically what it is.