The Social Justice Warriors (SJW) are at it once again, and they are dumb as a mule and twice as ugly. This time, they are protesting the film casting of white man Leonardo DiCaprio as Iranian poet Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī (1207-1273). The stink centers around the hashtag #RumiWasntWhite. Per usual, the SJWs are completely ignorant of hidden history. Time to set things straight.
Rumi was born in 1207 and lived during the Mongol invasions of Persia (aka Iran). The Mongols swept in starting in 1219 and rapidly slaughtered and enslaved the Iranian population (especially the women)– a lesson to which Europeans should pay close attention. Miscegenation, or interbreeding, was rapid with the exception of some holdout regions in eastern Iran and central Asia. Today, Iranians are a mixed people, but many have still white European features.
Since Rumi was born in 1207, he would have been a non-miscegenated Aryan, as Iran at that time was yet unaffected by the Mongols influx. Furthermore, although Iran was Islamized starting back in the seventh century, it was not Arabicized. Unlike under the Mongols, Persians remained Persians under Islam.
To this day, the Aryan haplogroup has held out tenaciously in parts of Iran, as shown on the map. Draw your eye to Europe, and you will see the same R1a-M17 genetics in eastern Germany as well as Scandinavia and western Russia. Rumi and his generation would have been distinctly white people who were overrun and colonized by Asiatics.
Verdict: The ignorant SJWs may not like to hear this, but the best casting for Rumi would be a Germanic or Slavic male. Therefore, TNN has no objection to Leonardo DiCaprio for the role.