Square12 wrote:Also, maybe it's just me but aren't we forgetting the rather important fact that, even as recently as my parents generation non Caucasians were still to a degree a rarity in most western cities and as discworld is at a Victorian era stage in its evolution then it is right, accurate and natural that klatchians and agateans would be a rarity in a place where travelling is still done by horse and cart (if you are lucky) unless you are a magic user.
Having said that were the zoons (the river traders that esk hitches a lift with ER and Vimes encounters Snuff, if memory serves) described as black somewhere?
Ankh-Morpork is only influenced by Victorian society sometimes. It is equally influenced by other cultures/times. And in any case, major Victorian cities weren't as white as you might think. Not only was immigration high, but actually non-white people had been a significant presence in Britain for centuries by the nineteenth century. After all, we had slavery until 1834 - those freed slaves didn't disappear overnight after abolition!
Having said that, with little explicit information on race being given, it comes down to personal interpretation with A-M, and for me it just felt natural that a city whose 'thing' was always how it absorbed everyone from troll to gnome, would also be extremely mixed in its racial makeup. Its cone of the few aspects of the TV adaptations' A-M that I positively liked (rather than felt merely meh about), that the crowds were a pretty mixed bunch.