We celebrate diversity and in the arts many support colour blind casting. From the film David Copperfield to the musical Hamilton, stories are cast to reflect the racial diversity of our culture. But far from being progressive, critics argue that the racist Victorian society of Dickens's novels and the white colonial history of America is papered over and obscured.

Should we applaud the overcoming of historical accuracy in favour of racially blind representation and ignore race as a relevant characteristic in all circumstances? Or is colour blindness a liberal mistake - a dangerous denial of racial identity and a long history of white supremacy?

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