Britain Is So Desperate for Famous Blacks It Invents Them
Jared Taylor, American Renaissance, November 2, 2023
From Roman emperors to queens of England.
Just last month, Britain got terrible news. “Half of Britons can’t name a Black British historical figure, survey finds.”
Fifty-three percent couldn’t, to be exact. As for the 47 percent, they only claimed they could.
I couldn’t. Because there is none to name. Black people, yes. Historical figures, no.
But don’t worry. Soon, you’ll soon be able to name plenty. The push is on to hunt them down, even invent them.
October, was Black History Month in Britain, so the media were full of headlines like this: “Black History Month: 12 forgotten Black heroes who defined and redefined modern Britain.”
Defined and redefined! The article starts with more bad news. In 2001, the BBC asked 1.5 million British people who was the greatest Brit ever, and came up with a list of the top 100. “There was not one Black or Asian face among them.”
Can you believe that? Every one of those 1.5 million Brits thought a white person was the greatest.
So, to the rescue come the authors of this book, 100 Great Black Britons, with their 12 leading nominations for greatness.
At the top spot is Charlotte, queen of George III.
Does she look black to you? Here she is with hubby and the kids.
No one at the time thought she was black, so where does this silly idea come from? In the 13th century, King Afonso III of Portugal may have had a North African mistress named Madragana, and Queen Charlotte was his descendant 15 generations later.
Let’s try a real black person, Winifred Atwall. She was a ragtime pianist who grew up in Trinidad and Tobago, studied music in the United States, and moved to Britain. She was a big star in the late 1950s, and was the first black person to get a number-one spot on the British Singles chart.
But she left Britain, moved to Australia, and became an Australian citizen. This was her biggest hit, “The Black and White Rag.”
The lady’s got chops, but who would call her the greatest Brit ever?
Here’s another contender, John Blanke, a trumpeter, who played in a celebration of the birth of Henry VIII’s first son in 1511. He’s the only black figure in a vellum roll 60 feet long.
He was essentially a status symbol, like the exotic animals the Tudors kept in a zoo at the Tower of London.
Betty Campbell, shown here with her parents, reportedly defined or redefined Britain.
She was born in Wales and became a school teacher. She visited the United States, became obsessed with race, and decided that she would, “enhance the Black spirit and Black culture as much as I could.”
She became the first black school principal in Wales — of Mount Stuart Primary School.
She died in 2017 and was memorialized with this statue, unveiled in 2021.
It’s a nice monument to a grade school principal.
The BBC goes all out for Black History Month.
This is just a small sample of the articles it published last month, with titles such as “Black Female Pioneers of Milton Keynes,” “Pupils highlight veteran’s fight against racism,” and “Boxer-turned-black-rights-pioneer honoured.”
The Beeb posted a video and ran a story about the future king and queen celebrating Black History Month.
The most excruciating BBC black history celebration is a children’s video called “Been Here from the Start.”
The video makes much of Cheddar Man, a10,000-year-old skeleton found in Cheddar Gorge, Somerset.
In 2018, the British press reported excitedly that DNA analysis shows he had black skin.
Later, one of the scientists who had made that claim backtracked: “Ancient ‘dark-skinned’ Briton Cheddar Man find may not be true.”
Experts say the genetics of skin color are so complex, DNA can’t color-code some populations living today, much less ancient skeletons. Even if Cheddar Man did have dark skin, he was a typical European hunter-gatherer, utterly unrelated to the happy West Africans bouncing and grinning in “Been Here from the Start.”
The video also says Roman Emperor Septimus Severus was a black man. Judge for yourself.
He had a European father and a mother who was at least part North African – like Afonso III’s mistress. That would make her related to the guy depicted on the left of this illustration from the Egyptian Book of Gates, who is utterly unlike the black African.
The people living today who most resemble the emperor’s mother are the Berbers, who are light skinned.
Here’s another bust of this famous black man.
The BBC has been scouring the country putting up plaques to memorialize blacks, real or imagined. In 2016, before Cheddar Man was declared black, the Beeb had decided that a 1,800 year-old skeleton called “Beachy Head Lady” was Britain’s first sub-Saharan.
Just a few days ago, the Telegraph announced: “BBC plaque to mark earliest black Briton removed because she ‘was from Cyprus’.”
Note the phony dark-skinned mockup.
Bloomsbury is a major British publisher with a 21-page DEI Action Plan that promises to fight “systemic racism in society in all its forms.”
It’s going to start by deceiving children. This year, it published Brilliant Black British History, by a black woman who goes by the single name, Atinuke.
Atinuke says “Britain was a black country for more than 7,000 years before white people came,” and that black people built Stonehenge.
Here is brilliant black history of the Roman conquest, with a black legionnaire battling a near-naked white man.
Here is her page for the Tudors and Stuarts.
There was a handful of blacks in Britain from 1500 to 1700, but the only depiction we have of an authenticated black person from that entire period is John Blanke, the trumpeter.
Atinuke ends her book with Black Lives Matter. Race doesn’t exist but racism does.
What will you do about that, young reader?
Atinuke, who has a Nigerian father and a white mother, explains that the only reason Britain got rich was because of slaves and the slave trade. She has published more than 20 children’s books and has been showered with honors and awards.
Let’s end with this article: “8 of the most influential Black British historical figures.”
The three top picks are, from the left, Wilfred Wood, the first black Church of England Bishop – who cares about him? — Mary Seacole, and Sade Adu.
Sade Adu, a professional singer, also has an African father and a white mother.
Here she is in a 1984 video, catching the eye of a nice-looking white man. She doesn’t look very black to me, but she’s still “one of the most influential black British historical figures.”
Finally, Mary Seacole. She was from Jamaica and said she was “only a little brown,” because she had a white father.
She traveled, had adventures, married a white man, made many friends, and is best known for running a restaurant and bar for British soldiers during the Crimean War. She also fed and cared for wounded soldiers.
After she died in 1881, she was soon forgotten, but the desperate, 21st-century hunt for blacks scooped her up.
In 2016, a statue was dedicated to her memory in front of St. Thomas’ Hospital in London.
At least this article doesn’t claim she defined Britain.
You thought Americans had a problem with glorifying insignificant blacks?
The Brits do us one better and glorify imaginary blacks. Why do white people let this half-Nigerian Atinuke tell them black people – and she means Africans – built Stonehenge?
Rebecca McNally is the white woman who runs the Bloomsbury children’s division that published her book.
She says there is an “urgent need” for “books that spotlight *integral* parts of our history that have been pushed to one side for far too long.”
Can she possibly believe that?
The most charitable explanation is that she thinks this foolishness will cure whites of racism, and that justifies deception because white racism is Britain’s worst problem.
Or does she just want to soften whitey up for dispossession? “Get over it, old chap. They’ve been here longer than we have.” Or does she want to pump up British blacks with nonsense and make them think they built the place? And make them even angrier because they think they’ve been cheated out of their heritage?
Sure, a guy named David Olusoga is going to write a book called Black and British and say, “These are the stories that brought us all together in this country.”
But it’s the British Broadcasting Corporation, established by royal charter, with 21,000 employees, funded by taxpayers, that wants your children to see and hear this:
Listen to the tales/There are words to fill your heart/You may not have been told/We have been here from the start.
One of the most popular British songs of 1939 was Vera Lynn’s “There’ll Always be an England.” Vera might have got it wrong.