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Can you make a non-racist Tarzan movie?

Can you make a non-racist Tarzan movie?

There’s a moment late in the new film “The Legend of Tarzan” when Samuel L. Jackson, playing an African American diplomat who hopes to expose the Congolese slave trade, starts firing a 19th century machine gun at villainous white colonialists in pith helmets. Loosely based on a real-life historian and Civil War veteran named George Washington Williams, Jackson’s character is an archetype who never existed in Edgar Rice Burroughs’ century old Africa-set Tarzan stories — a black hero.

“He’s the real hero of the movie,” “The Legend of Tarzan” director David Yates said of Jackson’s Williams, who enlists a...