Movie Fact #771 – June 3rd, 2015:

White actress Joan Fontaine received hundreds of hate letters after working with black actor Harry Belofante in the 1957 film “Island in the Sun”. In the film, Fontaine played the character Mavis Norman, an upper class white woman who’s a member of the richest family on the island and wants to marry the black politician David Boyeur (Played by Belofante). At the time you can imagine that interracial romance received much from the ignorant people of that time. The hate letters also contained dimes and quarters, which read, “If you’re so hard up that you have to work with a nigger…”

While they were post-marked from various parts of the country, they seemed to be dictated by one organization, as many of the phrases were the identical. That organization was not a physical group to me but simply prejudice of the time. We may still have racism in our day and age, but at least the majority know it’s wrong…and that’s a start to forever erase this kind of horror. Now that be paradise you wouldn’t even have to travel to.

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