Don Rutledge traveled with him, documenting the experience with photos. This book must have been unbelievably revolutionary in its day. Smiles are free and they can mean the world to someone who is hurting; give away as many as you can. The racism that he encountered was so disturbing that he cut short the time that he had allotted for this very unique experiment, clearly dem John Howard Griffin was a white American journalist who is best known for his account, Black Like Me, in which he details the experience of darkening his skin and traveling as a black man through through Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia in 1959. The hardest part of the book to endure was the blindness and cruelty of the whites he described. The Epilogue, which was written sometime after the book the book was initially published, makes it clear just how impossible the issue of race relations is to solve.
Griffin became a national celebrity for a time. The Griffin that was had become invisible. As the book progresses, however, the profound change Griffin undergoes causes him to learn at least as much about himself. The question is: do they really know or do they only think that they know? By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the. The author was a bit of an academic and had apparently written other published material before this book. In Montgomery, however, the black community is charged with determination and energy by the example of one of its leaders, a preacher named Marin Luther King, Jr.
He lived in black neighborhoods in New Orleans and travelled in fear into Mississippi, where the recent trial of white men accused of lynching and murdering a black man was an epic travesty of justice, like so many trials before it of those crimes actually brought to trial. But, that's a whole other topic for another review, I'm sure. Griffin ably renders the microsggressions that many blacks face d in the forms of assumptions, language, silence, etc. It was so new I could not take my eyes from the man's face. In Black Like Me, John Griffin, a white journalist, sought to answer a complex question: How does it feel like to be black in America? Blacks in Montgomery have begun practicing passive resistance, a nonviolent form of refusing to comply with racist laws and rules. The result was a bestselling book called Black Like Me, which is still regarded as an American classic.
When he first looks into a mirror and sees a black man, Griffin feels a sensation of panic, a sense that he has lost his identity and no longer recognizes himself. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. Very minimal writing or notations in margins not affecting the text. Black Like Me is a painful read. Except, if a white man decided to turn himself black in order to study black people, then went back to white society, he'd be called Rachel Dolezal and be accused of wearing blackface and perpetrating appropriation. You have no reason not to read this. Sick of a culture that wants to nurture victimhood.
Analytical Overview Because Black Like Me is an autobiographical memoir rather than a novel, its themes stem from Griffin's real experiences and explicit opinions rather than from artistic creativity. More than anything else, it seems that Griffin just wants peace and equality. Ask rich people and they will tell you that they know the feelings of the poor. The discrimination worked both ways, blacks stay away from whites and vice versa. 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? Some of his encounters with Caucasians were heartbreaking.
This in no way negates or minimiz I read this as a kid in Texas in the early '70s and found it absolutely riveting. But, that's a whole other topic for another review, I'm sure. They assume blacks are animals when it comes to sex. 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. While these attracted less attention than his scholarly works, the also focused on the Black race covering the topics of miscegenation and economic disparities in the South. It's more what he doesn't say than what he does.
I still hate the black race mongers. You feel lost, sick at heart before such unmasked hatred, not so much because it threatens you as because it shows humans in such an inhuman light. I l It's amazing to me that people hail this book so much, and not because it's a bad book. In this fascinating memoir, he reveals the injustices he encountered. He's treated poorly by white bus drivers, the hotels he stays in are substandard, he has to use separate facilites. Upon spontaneous recovery of his sight a decade later, he dedicated his life to removing the stigma of Other-ness, working to show people how alike we all are.
It's a conversation that you and I should have over drinks sometime, okay? After this book was published the author and his family as well as his parents had to move away from their Texas homes due to the reactions of their friends and neighbors. This issue is at the heart of a debate about the movie Selma, too. I remember when I was working as a phlebotomist in a major hospital. That crucial moment is so disconcerting! It became the first work by an African American author since Native Son by Richard Wright to be a featured selection in the Book-of-the-Month Club. Or, you know, after you read a book like this you start thinking it's possible they didn't make us read it because, well, they're racist and this might give us the wrong idea.
I may yet revisit the rating if I continue to think of this book. It's impossible to replicate the experience of life on assistance or in another person's skin without actually living it. His thesis, The Suppression of the African Slave-Trade to the United States of America, 1638-1870 remains an authoritative work on the subject. Racial discrimination still happens in all parts of the globe. I remember being shocked and thinking he would never speak that way Things are better but sometimes not as much as they need to be. It's amazing to me that people hail this book so much, and not because it's a bad book.