blowmehomiie asked:

Can you help me out? Recently I've started watching Merlin and I just love the fact that Guinevere a girl who is obviously mixed with black is queen but I've seen a lot of hate, saying it's not historically accurate to have black people in mid evil England etc but- Hello!- it's myth. So have you ever written anything about the topic?

medievalpoc answered:

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blowmehomiie asked:

Can you help me out? Recently I've started watching Merlin and I just love the fact that Guinevere a girl who is obviously mixed with black is queen but I've seen a lot of hate, saying it's not historically accurate to have black people in mid evil England etc but- Hello!- it's myth. So have you ever written anything about the topic?

medievalpoc answered:

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medievalpoc:

ocelotrevs:

My problem with having Guinevere as a black woman, was the fact that Guinevere was destined to betray Arthur and sleep with Lancelot. It didn’t sit well with me that the black woman was destined to be promiscuous

Yeah, that’s the problem with tokenism in regard to representation of marginalized groups, especially Black women. There’s so little representation that having some awareness of context and existing stereotypes is really, really necessary. If there was more representation of diverse characters, instead of having the one-black-woman-character-per-show maximum that seems to be the norm in American television, and that character almost always being a (stereo) type, it wouldn’t actually matter so much.

I haven’t seen the show, but I’m familiar with the general story. I think it still means a lot to have such a famous character (Guinevere) played by a Black woman.

P.S. this response wasn’t necessarily meant to be insulting toward the asker, it’s just far too general of a question to be answered.