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The internet is reeling over the racist reason Charlie from 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' is white.

The internet is reeling over the racist reason Charlie from 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' is white.

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In early drafts of Roald Dahl’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the late British author envisioned 11-year-old protagonist Charlie Bucket very differently than he is typically portrayed–Dahl originally intended for Charlie to be black.

Liccy Dahl, Roald Dahl’s widow, and her husband's biographer, Donald Sturrock, recently sat down for an interview with BBC Radio 4, where they explained why Dahl gave in and made Charlie white.

“His first Charlie that he wrote about was a little black boy,” Liccy Dahl said on the program, as reported by BBC. “I'm sure that was influenced by America.” BBC adds that Liccy Dahl thought the change was a “great pity.”

Sources: Huffington Post
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