Most Helpful Guy
I really don't think there needs to more mermaids unless people plan on doing anything new with them. Mermaids in pop culture still follow the same old formula: happy, beautiful people with colored fish tales and a somewhat seductive nature. It's kinda boring, don't you think? If people want mermaids back in the spotlight, they should add a twist or two.0
Most Helpful Girl
No, I don't.
The world doesn't owe you minority anythings. Although undines are common mythical creatures in many cultures, the reason white women are depicted as mermaids is because the pop culture mermaid is largely based on the Hans Christian Andersen story, a Danish author.
If you want a minority character as a mermaid, go ahead and write that story. Nobody's stopping you.
People need to realise that writers don't write their stories to intentionally exclude a class, gender, race or whatever. They write about things they're FAMILIAR with, what THEY can RELATE to.
You will see this pattern everywhere. Most female authors will have a female protagonist, whereas most male authors will have a male one. Whichever culture the author grew up in will influence the setting of the story. If the author had a miserable life, it's more than likely their stories will be sad and depressing.
If you want a minority character, look for minority authors.1