This text is an examination of how we learn about different historical figures such as Jawn ibn Huwayy from the events of Karbala, and about our common perceptions and presumptions of race and the value we might place on historical figures based on these perceptions and presumptions. The author draws upon a variety of sources to encourage readers to consider and reconsider historical lessons from Karbala as well as attitudes related to ethnic identities of the 12 Imams’ mothers. She also reflects on the responses of contemporary audiences to her own presentation of showing different images of the Imams that echo preconceived biases in the name of tradition and popular narratives.