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Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
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Black Like Me (1960)

by John Howard Griffin

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How do I possible write something that would do justice for this book? My mom grew up in the South. She rebelled (gently) against the bigots in her family and I always thought I "understood".

No, no I did not. Read this. If you are wondering why people of color are "still angry" or why there is still tension (or tension again), read this.

The only thing I wish it had was an answer to my question - what now? How do I help? ( )
  Cfo6 | Mar 19, 2018 |
In the Deep South of the 1950s, 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.?ÿ 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. ( )
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  cdiemert | Jul 30, 2017 |
I read this book in high school, and it played a role in my growing sensibilities about race and racism. It is a classic, and I am pleased to see (from reviews here and at Amazon) that it continues to educate and inform readers of all ages. ( )
1 vote danielx | Jun 13, 2017 |
I honestly think that every American High-School student should have to read this book. The entire concept is amazing, but the results it produces, along with the profound facts that come to light, makes it all the more worthwhile. This is an excellent book, no matter what the reason for reading it is. ( )
  J9Plourde | Jun 13, 2017 |
A well written classic, very thought provoking. Someone should re-do this experiment. Easy to listen to. ( )
  JBP11 | Nov 18, 2016 |
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Rest at pale evening... A tall slim tree... Night coming tenderly... Black like me. --From "Dream Variation" Langston Hughes
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"This may not be all of it. It may not cover all of the questions, but it is what it is like to be a Negro in a land where we keep the Negro down." - preface
"For years the idea had haunted me, and that night it returned more insistently than ever."
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"The most obscene figures are not the ignorant ranting racists, but the legal minds who front for them, who invent for them the legislative proposals and the propoganda bulletins. They deliberately choose to foster distortions, always under the guise of patriotism, upon a people who have no means of checking the facts."
"He cannot understand how the white man can show the most demeaning aspects of his nature and at the same time delude himself into thinking he is inherently superior."
"I learned within a very few hours that no one was judging me by my qualities as a human individual and everyone was judging me by my pigment."
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Some drugs and makeup
Transform a white man to black
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In the Deep South of the 1950s, 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.

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"In the Deep South of the 1950s, a color line was etched in blood across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia. Journalist John Howard Griffin decided to cross that 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. What happened to John Howard Griffin-- from the outside and within himself-- as he made his way through the segregated Deep South is recorded in this searing work of nonfiction"--Back cover.… (more)

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