NRATV puts KKK hood on Thomas the Tank Engine in attempt to make point about diversity One of the new tank engines on the show features an African pattern Written by Media Matters Staff Published 09/10/18 5:25 PM EDT From the September 7 edition of NRATV’s Relentless: Video file Citation From the September 7, 2018, edition of NRATV's Relentless: DANA LOESCH (HOST): Thomas the Tank is now bringing gender balance to the show by adding girl trains. Seriously. One of those trains, Nia, will be from Kenya to add ethnic diversity to the show. And -- which that by the way, that’s where it gets really strange to me because I’ve looked at Thomas and Friends, at their pictures, and I see gray and blue. Am I to understand this entire time that Thomas and his trains were white? Because they all have gray faces. How do you bring ethnic diversity? I mean, they had to paint, what I guess they thought was some sort of African pattern on the side of Nia’s engine? I mean, how do you bring ethnic diversity to a show that literally has no ethnicities because they're trains? They don't even have skin pigmentation. Where -- was there some concern that the show had racist undertones? Because, I mean, Sir Topham Hatt clearly is white, but the trains? I mean, I’m looking at this picture and I’m really, really struggling to understand how in the world there isn’t any diversity in any of this. Oh, was it because, I see it. It was the white hoods. And the burning train tracks. OK, fine, fair point. Fair. I get it. Thomas the Tank Engine has been a blight on race relations for far too long. Clearly this is overdue. Right?