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Black Like Me By John Howard Griffin Black Like Me 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 whi

  • Title: Black Like Me
  • Author: John Howard Griffin
  • ISBN: 9780451208644
  • Page: 195
  • Format: Paperback
  • Black Like Me By John Howard Griffin 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 neIn 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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    1. Rowena on said:

      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 wi [...]

    2. David Turner on said:

      My father took Griffin to the bus station in Dallas when he started h is journey when the book came out, the Griffin family lived with us for many weeks until the threats died down castration,tarring and feathering, outright murder to name a few since my family was mentioned inthe book, we were threatened as well since i was a very small boy, my safety became a concernfor my parents from time to time.when i became a mouthy teen ager i would try to take this on myself i got into than a few fight [...]

    3. Allison on said:

      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 suffe [...]

    4. booklady on said:

      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 [...]

    5. Julie Christine on said:

      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 centur [...]

    6. Ella McCrystle on said:

      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 d [...]

    7. K.D. Absolutely on said:

      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.g Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia were still [...]

    8. Chris Freeman on said:

      This book must have been unbelievably revolutionary in its day I must admit that its original impact was lost on me at times because I expected many of Griffin s experiences as a white man disguised as a black man in 1959 He s treated poorly by white bus drivers, the hotels he stays in are substandard, he has to use separate facilites There aren t many surprises as far as how he is treated although there are a few.What is surprising is how emotionally involved he gets Within just a few days, he [...]

    9. Fawaz Ali on said:

      We all claim that we know the feelings of one another Just ask a group of healthy individuals and they will likely tell you that they know the feelings of the sick Ask rich people and they will tell you that they know the feelings of the poor The question is do they really know or do they only think that they know 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 By dyeing his skin black and travelling in disguise [...]

    10. Bloodorange on said:

      A note on rating I would probably have given if five stars if I hadn t read Invisible Man and Between the World and Me both tremendous eye openers, like this one earlier this year I may yet revisit the rating if I continue to think of this book My first reaction was where Between the World and Me focused on mental strain produced by being black, this book focused on everyday physical humiliations having to plan your day around the very limited map of places when a black person could have a drink [...]

    11. Kalem Wright on said:

      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 1960s 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 wit [...]

    12. Greg on said:

      What a brilliant anthropological sociological study of the Black experience Using medication and dye, John Howard Griffin, darkened his skin, and took on the role of a black man while traveling through the deep South for a month His goal to learn for himself what it is like With tremendous eloquence, Griffin conveys the despair and fear that he felt as he experienced humiliating segregation, discrimination, racism, and demeaning living conditions He lasted little than a month, during November a [...]

    13. Didi on said:

      The old saying is that you never know what someone else is going through or living until you ve walked a mile in his shoes and frankly it s impossible However, John Howard Griffin turned his skin black and tried to live as a black man for six weeks while travelling through the Deep South in 1959 He persisted to take a medication which is normally prescribed to patients suffering from vitiligo, a disease where white spots appear on the body and the face, in conjunction with exposure to ultra viol [...]

    14. martin eden on said:

      That book had a great impact on me First, it was disturbing and intriguing especially that scene when he discovers for the first time his own image as a black person That crucial moment is so disconcerting I felt deeply disgusted and ashamed that some human beings could and can still inflict such a treatment to other human beings I was profoundly moved I learned a lot about that period and the South especially the differences that could exist between the different States It gave me a broadened o [...]

    15. Cheryl on said:

      During the 1950 s, John Howard Griffin, an upper class white man, took medication to darken his skin so that he could experience life as an African American male in the South In this fascinating memoir, he reveals the injustices he encountered I read this book many years ago, but think that in many ways, it unfortunately is still relevant today.

    16. Cathy DuPont on said:

      Sorry, folks I have been trying to write a review of the fascinating journal of what life really was like for blacks in the south during the 1950 s before the Civil Rights Act I may write later but think you get how much I loved this book by my status updates and comments to GR friends If interested in what it was and in some respects still is in the south as a black person, this is a must read It was quite courageous on John Howard Griffin to do what he did and compile his experiences and thou [...]

    17. Natalie Richards on said:

      What a powerful and moving read What the author did, a white man who darkened his skin using medication, becoming a black man and travelling to the Deep South to experience what life would be like, is truely remarkable.

    18. Barrie on said:

      I read this as a kid in Texas in the early 70s and found it absolutely riveting I suspect the reviewers who are annoyed that Griffin is so admired are much younger Society has changed so much in the interim, pre multicultural life must seem comparable to the Jurassic Period For a white man to cross over in the Deep South in 1959 was truly brave remember, he didn t necessarily understand exactly how he should act with white people, which put him in danger This in no way negates or minimizes the d [...]

    19. Andi on said:

      As the afterword states, this is a work of radical empathy I had my doubts but it is stunning.

    20. Kevin on said:

      It may be possible that people have expended words and energy on this book than any other that I ve read and reviewed so far That leaves me feeling that writing my own review is a daunting task since I m competing with so many eminent scholars, historians, and professional writers.So I guess I have to just forget all of that and say, Holy shit I find it impossible to believe that I wasn t asked to read this at some point during my schooling I recognize that I grew up in the south and that it s [...]

    21. Larry Bassett on said:

      The white author by taking a drug change to his skin complexion from white to black and traveled through the south as a black man for seven weeks in 1959 I listen to this book in the audible format The book was originally published in 1963 and the Audible format includes additional thoughts in an appendix by the author added in 1976 The author was a bit of an academic and had apparently written other published material before this book After this book was published he apparently rolled it into a [...]

    22. Caidyn (BW Book Reviews; he/him/his) on said:

      It s amazing to me that people hail this book so much, and not because it s a bad book It was timely and it still applies 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 But, that s a whole other topic for another review, I m sure.For me, it wasn t an excellent book A lot of what he said, I grew up hearing and listening to I live i [...]

    23. Anna on said:

      Things are better but sometimes not as much as they need to be In the book he tells of whites thinking they can ask inappropriate questions about sex They assume blacks are animals when it comes to sex I remember when I was working as a phlebotomist in a major hospital I was drawing blood while a resident was getting the patients history The patient was an older black man The resident asked him if he took it in the ass I remember being shocked and thinking he would never speak that way to a whit [...]

    24. Nina on said:

      This is a diary like narrative by a white journalist who in 1959 takes pills and applies semi permanent skin dye to make himself appear black, then travels around New Orleans and Mississippi as a black man I can only imagine what an impact this book made at the time it was published Reading this today, his experience isn t surprising or new though this doesn t make it any less painful to read about it At first I wasn t really sure why I would want to read about the experience of being black in t [...]

    25. Denise on said:

      This book opened my eyes to how society was before I was born Discrimination was so severe that people were afraid to be the wrong race I feel that I have experience discrimination when I was in high school for being Native American in a mainly white high school The severity of my discrimination does not compare to the discrimination that Griffin voluntarily experienced during the time of his experiment in the Deep South I could not believe the risks Griffin put himself against He first started [...]

    26. Book Z Tobą on said:

      It will forever be one of the most important books of my life.

    27. Delaney Diamond on said:

      I d always heard about this book and finally took the time to read it It s a really fascinating true account of a white man who shaved his head and darkened his skin to live like a black man, back in 1959 The entire experiment only lasted about a month, because frankly, that s all he could handle.It was interesting almost comical to me that after being black less than a week, he had a meltdown where he started crying because of his observations and experiences Imagine being black your whole life [...]

    28. Becky on said:

      This book is a tough and painful read Mr Griffin s act of becoming a black man for 6 7 weeks in 1959 in the Deep South filled me with anxiety and dread His description of the hate stare and his experience of racism did not surprise me entirely except the in your face comments I thought people s actions might be subtle but they were not What did surprise me was the amount of planning or thought that might go into a day, for a Black person at that time, to plan out where to eat, where to buy a dr [...]

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