Ivan le Fou
Mi Field Marshall
- Apr 15, 2019
What I don't get about all this black-washing is how its advocates fail to see they're denying historical racism. Because that's what they do. In reality, Anne Boleyn wasn't just not black. In reality a black woman would've been like a unicorn to 16th century England. At the Tudor court (if accepted at all), she would've never risen to a position higher than that of a court curiosity, someone to be gawked at. Henry VIII would've been deposed by popular revolt had he tried to marry a black woman. So, is this what they want to convey: There was no racism in Tudor England?
And knowing Henri VIII, and the general preferences of European monarchs at the time, taking a person of color as a wife would have been... curious.
Or even, aside from Henri getting a dark-skinned as a wife, how would the Boleyn end up with a very dark-skinned child? Would they have adopted her? Would her parents be black themselves?
What of Elizabeth I then? Anne and Henry's daughter who later became Queen of England after the reign of Mary Stuart. Don't remember her being "café-au-lait".