The guy was exactly what I said. If he wants to promote his own work, go ahead. There are countless examples of Romans of varied ethnicities depicted in their art and historical records confirm this. I was unaware that that cartoon the “scholar” was objecting to was supposed to portray Roman Britain. (Isn’t that spelled “ain?”). However — and I’m no Roman scholar — seems to me that legions sent to Britain would have been drawn from the entire Empire, especially as time went on, and could certainly have included African legionnaires.
That said, why did you pick me? There are many responses on this article and all I did was include a few easily obtainable images showing that the Romans weren’t like a 1980s British TV show about Rome, nor a 2000s TV show about Rome with the popular imagination believing they were like 20th and 21st century British actors.
I have a west African and an Arab ancestor from the mid 1600s. As two main sides of my mother’s family fled Ireland to come to North America in 1610–1615, it’s pretty likely these two ancestors were associated with the slave trade.
My information came from genetic testing, not genealogical records — just the same as this. I’m pretty sure this type of information gave rise to the show the author was protesting so vehemently. And there is a lot of it, not just this one York reference.