Mixed-Race Family on the Titanic showcased as “black”

Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry is falsely presenting a mixed-race family, the Haitian mulatto Joseph Laroche, his “white” French wife, Juliette, and their two daughters as the only “blacks” on the Titanic. They’ve even hired two very “black” actors to portray the couple. The very Negroid actress who is supposedly portraying the “white” Juliette Laroche tried to justify her historically inaccurate portrayal by saying, “I’ve seen her picture. I’ve seen her features…She definitely looks like she could have been mixed.” As if THAT would give anyone the right to erase Juliette’s European ancestry and heritage! (If Juliette looked “black,” so did Ingrid Bergman).

In the Chicago Tribune’s article of 2/20/00 Judith Geller, author of TITANTIC: WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST, is quoted as saying, “It is strange…that nowhere in the copious 1912 press descriptions of the ship and the interviews with the survivors was the presence of a black family among the passengers ever mentioned.” Hello?! Is that “white liberal” thick in the head? No “black” family was mentioned because the Laroche family was NOT BLACK and was not considered to be such by the other passengers. That wasn’t too difficult to figure out!

This is only ONE of too many examples of the lies told when mixed-race history is stolen and passed off as “black” history. I urge readers to write to the museum at msi@msichicago.org and the Chicago Tribune’s editorial page editor at dwycliff@tribune.com to protest this deliberate falsification of history.

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