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Oh goodness. Lots of little girls dressed as Pocahontas when the Disney movie came out. It was not offensive.
How about Joy Behar putting on blackface to dress up as a "beautiful African woman" (watch the video in the link below)? Is that ok?
But...I think the real issue is that minorities have traditionally had a harder time than white actors of European descent getting cast in minority roles, and characters of unspecified race were almost unthinkingly cast with white actors.