Someone responded to this post: “Why does race even matter?” So let racebentdisney answer that for you:
While I agree that it’s very important in general to have people of color in all forms of TV and movies, animated or not, I don’t think it particularly matters in this instance. What if the artist had intended to draw Nala as a white girl? Are we all assuming that only black people live in Africa? It’s very possible for a white person to live in Africa, and it’s possible that they were born and raised there as well. Just because the original character is a lion, why does she have to be black? If I was any sort of artist, then I would probably draw Nala with dark skin, but I don’t see any reason why it should have to be that way. Saying that all African characters (and people) must be black is a little bit racist in itself. It’s the same as saying that all American people must be white, because that is the majority.