There is only one Moor in Othello, and that is Othello himself. To Shakespeare's contemporaries a Moor was an African person. The word was used indiscriminately of North African and sub-saharan Africans. The story Othello tells of his life is perhaps more consistent with his being a North African. Othello was an European noble, from a line of royal men, and a christian. He is a person and a symbol. In western art there are a lot of Blackamoors, classical Africans, who symbolize blue blood (1100-1848). In the play Othello is the highest ranking person by birth and merit.

The objections against him are those of the middling trading classes against the nobility. The Venetians cannot be considered mere racists as for one, human races were only invented in 1760, and they made The Moor their military leader. He was not lynched for marrying Desdemona, but was given a fair trial. I urge people to look farther than conventional opinions. This paragraph was written by Egmond Codfried (see attached link).