Black Like Me

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“Black Like Me”- the story of a white that chooses to alter his skin color in order to find out what it is like to be a black person. The book is written from John Howard Griffin’s point of view. He composes each incident that happens to him as a black person opposed to if he was a white person. He conveys each detail of his journey very specifically with a very objective point of view. This book was written because a white man wanted to find out why black people were being oppressed and discriminated against. Was it because they were truly inferior? Certainly not. During the time of this book’s writing, racism in the South was the utmost type of discrimination against any minority group in the U.S. White people were discriminating against blacks without cause or just. For some it was just something to do. This book delves into the reasons of discrimination from its source, the unsuspecting white man. The white man who didn’t know that a bald black man was planning to expose his entire thinking of blacks in an attempt to r Continue...

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Nothing can describe the withering horror of this. It came from a middle-aged, heavy-set, well-dressed white man. Griffin pointed out the ignorance of the white people over and over again in the story. The white man immediately assumes because Mr. It's because they don't take the time and effort to understand them the way Mr. I learned a lot about history and the human spirit in this book, and because of this book, I know a fraction of the reason why majorities hate minorities so much. The theme of this story is obvious. Griffin is black, he is an expert in black sexuality. Again, this is where ignorance in the book creeps in. Most of every encounter between the whites and blacks, with the exception of a few, think similarly about black people and that's another one of the reasons why this book was written, so people could learn why white's acted this way so they are not deemed to make the same mistakes. "Once again a "hate stare drew my attention like a magnet. Griffin's interpretation of this is very exact and well illustrated in the form the book was written in.


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