no blacks on the titanic
The sinking of the
Titanic on April 14,
several million words of prose, several
million motion pictures, a few
songs--and one poem. This toast has been
heard by a very small number of white
Americans and by several million blacks.
That is both curious and ironic, for not
only were there no blacks on the
Titanic's passenger list, but neither
were there any in the crew. The ship
seems to have been all white, and the
one item in American folklore that
widely documents its sinking is the
toast, a genre performed almost
exclusively by blacks.
The Titanic sailed from Queenstown, Ireland with many Irish workers aboard.