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Black Like Me (1960)

by John Howard Griffin

Other authors: Robert Bonazzi (Afterword), Don Rutledge (Photographer), Studs Terkel (Foreword)

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Biography & Autobiography. History. Nonfiction. This American classic has been corrected from the original manuscripts and indexed, featuring historic photographs and an extensive biographical afterword.
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Interesting not just for what he did but how much it parallels the LBG issues now. Why can't people just accept we are all people, regardless of color, religion, or sexual orientation.

Back to this particular book. I am so impressed with this man and the courage he had in doing this. Not only putting himself in danger while doing the experiment but also facing his own issues. Most of us are unable to do so. This is a man now going onto my most respected list of people. ( )
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Fabulous. Should be read in every high school social studies class. ( )
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This knocked me out. Should be required reading for every American. Why did it take me so long? ( )
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A stinging indictment of thoughtless, needless inhumanity. No one can read it without suffering.
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Essential reading...a social document of the first order, providing material absolutely unavailable elsewhere with such authenticity that it canot be dismissed.
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John Howard Griffinprimary authorall editionscalculated
Bonazzi, RobertAfterwordsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rutledge, DonPhotographersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Terkel, StudsForewordsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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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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Biography & Autobiography. History. Nonfiction. This American classic has been corrected from the original manuscripts and indexed, featuring historic photographs and an extensive biographical afterword.

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Some drugs and makeup
Transform a white man to black
To learn of racism.
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