Bad history kind of sucks, don’t you think?
Rachitic? Upper class Romans were quite healthy relatively speaking.
It’s a myth of the uneducated that everyone in the ancient world was malnourished.
And phenotype certainly matters. And it matters to you as well. Don’t pretend. If we were doing some cartoon depictions of 18th and 19th century slavery to teach it to children and we threw in some some Northern European looking characters as slaves, in and among the African phenotypes, without contextualizing whether we were talking about Barbary Coast slavery or North American slavery, the internet would prolapse.
If we further clarified that the picture of Northern European colored cartoon characters were representing chattel slaves in British North American colonies, would you still not object?