Mark Humphrys (politics)


Scepticism - Woke history

  "Queen Charlotte was black"

Woke history

Pseudohistory comes in many forms. What they all have in common is a contempt for reason and evidence.

A fascinating subsection of "woke history" or crank history is the claim that lots of people in European history were actually black, and no one noticed at the time.


A pseudohistory site called the African American Registry.
This bills itself as: "the most comprehensive on-line database resource of African American heritage in the world".
This absurdly claims that Philippa of Hainault was black.

Comical BBC series 1066: A Year to Conquer England (2017).
Portrays Robert de Beaumont, 1st Earl of Leicester as a black African.

Comical Channel 5 drama Anne Boleyn (2021).
Portrays Anne Boleyn as a black African.


"Queen Charlotte was black"

The fake "woke history" that has probably gained the most believers is the claim that Queen Charlotte, the Queen of Britain from 1761 to 1818, was black, and no one noticed at the time. This crank history has been mainstreamed by the Netflix show Bridgerton (2020).

Bizarre Netflix drama Bridgerton (2020 on).
Portrays Queen Charlotte as a black woman.
Image from here.
The mainstreaming of crank "woke history".

The crank history people get excited by this quote from Baron Stockmar in a sketch of the Royal family.
He says Queen Charlotte has "a true Mulatto face".
This is from p.50 of vol.1 of "Memoirs of Baron Stockmar".

Left: This meme sums up "woke history".

Let us fact-check this absurd meme:

1st sentence: True.
2nd sentence: False. Comically false. Ludicrous.
3rd sentence: False. Can't even get that right.
4th sentence: False.

5th sentence: False. There is no "they". There is one guy. And you misunderstand him. He was not being literal.

6th sentence: False.
7th sentence: False. Comically, insanely false.
8th sentence: False.
9th sentence: Maybe, but this is not "knowledge".

Queen Charlotte is not a fictional character in a book. She was a real person, which is why it is so offensive to change her race.
My wife's family knew her well, and she stayed with them.
Above, Queen Charlotte arrives at my wife's family home on Wed 30 Sept 1778. She stayed with them for two nights.
This is from pp.232-238 of Appendix to Annual Register, 1778.

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