The Story Desiree was found and adopted by Madame Valmondé, a wealthy lady who did not have kids She grew up and married a man named Armand They had a baby People started noticing the baby was not 100% White Armand rejected her and the baby She killed herself and the child Armand discovers he is black
If you were in Desirees position what would you do?
Why People Did It Social Equality Employment White Privilege Opportunities
Anita Florence Hemmings•1983. Vassar University• her parents were“mulattoes” Bi-racial•Passed for white•“Exotic brunette beauty”
David Matthews•a son of a Black American manand a Jewish woman. Hedocuments his „passing‟experiences in his book „Ace ofSpades‟.•Pass a white for 20 years of hislife.•“the path of least resistance”
Jo Raquel Tejada AKA “Raquel Welch” •Born Jo Raquel Tejada to a Bolivian father and an Anglo mother, Welch grew up in a house where her Latin ancestry was ignored. •Fit in she lightened her skin and hair. •“She had to become white because that is what Hollywood knew how to sell”
Johnny Otis •American rhythm and blues musician •Greek parents He changed his name from John Veliotes to Johnny Otis, passed for black, and even married a black woman.
Fredi Washington She turned down many opportunities to pass for white as an actress. She wore heavy makeup to darken her skin when playing roles in movies directed at black audiences.