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brother-mouse reblogged your post how-much-farther-to-go asked:Do y… and added:

Jesus fucking christ, It’s a fantasy novel; key word FANTASYy’all need to calm the fuck down. I try to ignore this BS as much as I can but this post is pissing me off. Allow me to clarify; I have yet to…

I still don’t get why is it a term of criticism the fact that I haven’t seen a black men in the serie .. Have anyone of you read a British or Spanish or American or European history book talking about a black king? Nope since the fights were fought in other places not that there weren’t fights going on there but clearly if there was a fight with England it wasn’t important enough to put in the book, so, if you are making a fantasy you’ll imagine you’re in that era where - as the book say- there weren’t black men ( and yes I said black men and MY law doesn’t forbid it cause we don’t have those problems here)

Hey, does anyone remember the time I got sent this ask?


It’s really at the point that the criticism from one angle literally just refutes criticism from the other angle.

This reblogger above also seems to be under the impression that it is illegal to say “Black men” in the United States. And once again, the above responder also has never read a history book that included any “Black men”. Or, apparently Black kings. Sorry to say, but I’m pretty sure you do have “Those problems” there, wherever it is you are.

Apparently it just goes to show that bragging about how ignorant you are about history, and using that as an excuse to try and silence people criticizing a fantasy novel is not merely an American pastime.

By the way….here are some illuminations from the Grandes Chroniques de France of Charlemagne’s war with the Black king, Agolant (c.1330-1350):



And if you can handle it, here is an illumination of a Black woman, from another manuscript of a play (1412):


Not to mention Sancho I of Castile and Leon (Spain, c. 956):


Or this full-page miniature from a manuscript showing the story of the conversion of a Black man to Christianity, in Spain, in the 1280s


Or there’s always


You know, as I’ve said before, I don’t have a problem with questions, or people just not knowing about all this stuff. But when you’re using your own ignorance to try to mock and silence other people who are legitimately criticizing FANTASY media?

Maybe try and have the grace to be embarrassed for once.



Five Myths About Crime in Black America—and the Statistical Truths

In the wake of Trayvon Martin’s death [and Renisha McBride and Jonathan Ferrell], we’ve seen a lot of discussion of the larger societal issues that play into how and when people are perceived as criminals. There were hoodies, there were marches, and there were frank talks from parent to child about how to minimize the danger of being a young person of color. On the other side, there were justifications of George Zimmerman’s actions: a smear campaign against Martin’s character, and plenty of writers explaining that statistically, blacks are simply more dangerous to be around.

That framing ignores the realities behind the numbers. Here are five myths about crime and people of color.

Shani O. Hilton


"We were bumped from two planes, and white passengers were put on those planes. We had to stay overnight in one city before we could catch a bus the rest of the trip to Daytona Beach. We came from California — and I knew what discrimination was — but it wasn’t a legislated thing like it was in the South. When I got to Jacksonville, I just walked into the white ladies’ restroom just to recover some of my dignity and my sense of myself because I was horrified by it.” - Rachel Robinson [x]

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