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Trailer à Black Like Me PDF by à John Howard Griffin I was ready to give this book a somewhat generous review for what may be obvious reasons, but then I read some other reviews and now I m annoyed It s ridiculous to cast John Howard Griffin as some kind of hero because he was brave enough to endure the black experience for less than 8 weeks Sorry, but read a book by a black American about the black American experience if that s what you want to learn about I suspect any would be holistic than to cast black men and women as purely agents of suffering with such despairing lives that poor Griffin should be exalted to sainthood for attempting to live as a Negro for 6 weeks And I should point out that with this reasoning, it would follow that every black man and woman born in the United States during our hundreds of years of terror against black people ought to be co The Southern Negro will not tell the white man the truth He long ago learned that if he speaks a truth unpleasing to the white, the white will make life miserable for him In 1959, journalist John Howard Griffin decided to change his skin colour in order to see what life was really like for Blacks in the southern US He took medication for vitiligo, a disease that causes loss of pigmentation in patches of the skin in order to add pigment to his skin, and also was exposed to high doses of UV radiation to further darken his skin He then applied a dark stain all over After he was sufficiently dark , he made his way to New Orleans where he felt for the first time what life was like for Blacks He later travelled on to some other states, including Mississippi where a jury had recently refused to indict a group of white men for lynching a Black man Mr Griffin put his
I can t say enough good things about this book I thank men like John Howard Griffin who took a stand against racism despite the fact that their own people were vehemently against it This entire book was a fantastic sociological and journalistic investigation of colour relations in the South in the 50s and 60s It answered some questions I ve always wanted to know, for example how did racist Christians justify their racism Doesn t God teach us that we are all equal The answer the author came up with was often racism hides under the guise of patriotism The book also educates the reader on many key members of the civil rights movement including Martin Luther King, jr which I found to be very helpful Another central point the author makes is that race has no scientifically proven bearing on intelligence or morality it Although John Howard Griffin was known primarily for Black Like Me and it fully deserves all five stars I ve awarded it, I m hard pressed to say which impressed me the book itself or the brief biography of the author at the end In only sixty years 1920 1980 Griffin managed to fight in the French Resistance, lose his eyesight as a result of a nearby explosion during a Japanese air raid, become Catholic, marry and have four children and ultimately go on to become a spokesman for the Civil Rights Movement When his eyesight unexpectedly returned in the late 1950s, he was an established author with a strong sense of otherness , something he never lost even though now he could see again physically More importantly to the man, John Griffin, he could see huma My main qualm with this book is that for some reason it s on teacher s lists and reading lists etc, but why are we listening and pushing a book written by a white man who passed as black for a while rather than actual black people who can and do study, write and explain their experience constantly I get that perhaps some people won t be able to give credence to anyone but a white person, but isn t that a flaw of our culture Why are the books written by and about black scholars people not being disseminated so widely, taught and shared The whole premise of this book written and taught, I am sure, with good intentions is exactly that the road paved with good intentions Let s start listening and giving credence to real live black people who have lived th Let s just put this right up front the idea that it takes a white man posing as a black man to convince white America of the realities of racism smacks of patronizing racial tourism something only tone deaf Hollywood could conjure up except that not even Hollywood dreamed up Rachel Dolezal, who egregiously co opted a black identity to further her professional agenda and to block up holes in her own emotional dam But that is looking at John Griffin s extraordinary experiment through a 21st century lens, with all the cultural and political knowledge that hindsight affords In 1959, Griffin darkened his skin by taking pills and sitting under a sun lamp and rubbing stain into his skin, and then spent six weeks traveling through the American South That he was a black man was never questioned He lived in black neighborhoods in New Orleans and travelled in f
John Howard Griffin, a 39 year old white journalist of Sepia Magazine, changed his skin color and stayed for seven weeks in Deep South, USA among the black population The year was 1959 prior to the Washington March and passing of the major civil rights bill in 1964 When published in 1961, this book caused a major controversy Mr Griffin was persecuted by his whites by betraying their own race Remember that at that time, Deep South states, e.
, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia were still in racial segregation The discrimination worked both ways, blacks stay away from whites and vice versa I have read a number of books on this and still remember two To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou but this one, being a non fiction, brought a totally different impact That scene w In The Deep South Of The S, Journalist John Howard Griffin Decided To Cross The Color Line Using Medication That Darkened His Skin To Deep Brown, He Exchanged His Privileged Life As A Southern White Man For The Disenfranchised World Of An Unemployed Black Man His Audacious, Still Chillingly Relevant Eyewitness History Is A Work About Race And Humanity That In This New Millennium Still Has Something Important To Say To Every American Black Like Me follows author John Howard Griffin, a Texas born journalist, as he explores the very face of racism and prejudice in the Deep South in 1960sin blackface Far from a punchline, it s the ethnographic method Griffin uses to infiltrate black neighborhoods that would be otherwise socially locked to him and elicit bigotry without guardedness and gentility from whites At its best, Griffin s journey serves as an example of the courage and effort it requires to put aside privilege and face with empathy and an open heart the experiences of others who are oppressed Griffin ably renders the microsggressions that many blacks face d in the forms of assumptions, language, silence, etc Most striking for me was an older white woman who assumed Griffin to be a porter and tipped him after his menial task was done However, it s incredibly complicated to read a work like this in