“Moving forward, ‘The Simpsons’ will no longer have white actors voice non-white characters,” they said in a statement on Friday.
The move follows years of public pressure about the Fox television show’s Indian convenience store character Apu, who has been voiced by white man Hank Azaria.
Mr Azaria has also voiced the Simpsons characters of Black police officer Lou, Homer’s power plant colleague Carl Carlson and the Mexican-American Bumblebee Man.
The white actor Harry Shearer has played Dr Hibbert, who is black.
The Simpsons’ announcement did not say whether Apu or the other characters would remain on the series.
The Simpsons is the longest-running show on American television, going for 30 years, and is syndicated in more than 100 countries.
This TV show is not alone. In light of the BLM protests, other popular TV shows have decided to take a stance and replace white actors with black ones, to authentically represent that minority group.
Other white actors, including Mike Henry of animated series Family Guy and Kristen Bell of Central Park, have refused to voice characters of colour any longer.
This is a time to acknowledge our acts of complicity. Heres 1 of mine. Playing the Molly in Central Park shows a lack of awareness of my pervasive privilege. Casting a mixed race character w/a white actress undermines the specificity of the mixed race & Black American experience. pic.twitter.com/8AL8m4K7Uk
“It’s been an honour to play Cleveland on ‘Family Guy’ for 20 years,” Mr Henry said on Twitter on Friday.
“I love this character, but persons of colour should play characters of colour. Therefore, I will be stepping down from the role.”
In The Simpsons, Apu’s first appearance came on a season one episode called The Telltale Head, uses the catchphrase: “Thank you, come again.”
It’s been an honor to play Cleveland on Family Guy for 20 years. I love this character, but persons of color should play characters of color. Therefore, I will be stepping down from the role. pic.twitter.com/FmKasWITKT