valkyrjajotnar asked: I read your little post about Brave and "PoC" in Scotland and had to chuckle a little bit at the irony of your blog description. "Because you wouldn't want to be historically inaccurate." Well that's exactly what you were. There we tiny, if no "PoC" in Scotland throughout our history. Some came with the Romans, certainly. But the Romans spent no great deal of time in Scotland. The assertion that Kenneth the 3rd was black is ridiculous. Don't rewrite history for your own gains, shame on you.
The only thing I’m really ashamed of is how lazy 85% of my critics are. “You’re wrong because I said so” takes considerably less effort than scratching a sweaty crotch in snug trousers. I really do appreciate a well-thought out challenge to any assertions I make here, but this has the same amount of nuance as a toddler throwing a toy and screaming “no!”
History is being constantly rewritten, and providing an accessible source for this evolving knowledge on a free blogging platform is hardly “for my own gains”. Unless you count becoming popular online, in which case I absolutely promise you there are about 100 much less tiresome, thankless, and easier ways to do so.
That response is on point. And the question illustrates pretty well what it’s like to have the privilege of “History” (capital letter, scare quotes necessary) on your side. Who needs to source anything when EVERYONE KNOWS you’re right. Except you’re not—as all the sources gathered by @medievalpoc demonstrate. Except the whole discipline of history is based on a constant revaluation of sources and narratives constructed by people who have their own agendas, prejudices, and biases. (People that until very recently were almost exclusively (and are still mostly) straight white men.)
Speaking as a historian well acquainted with the ivory tower, our knowledge of the past is never objective. It’s more about us than it is about anyone who came before. And it always has been.
Bolded because that’s something I’m trying to point out more or less constantly-I’m expected to actually construct a perfectly cited/sourced argument against….literally nothing.
I’m supposed to “prove” a cultural bias wrong. Demonstrating that that is impossible as well as the reasons for that expectation is part of my purpose here, too.