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Black Like Me

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  • Posted December 11, 2012

    Black Like Me written by John Howard Griffin is a very interesti

    Black Like Me written by John Howard Griffin is a very interesting book about a white journalist who decides to leave his family and his home town to travel across Louisiana for what first started into a research project but became something much more important to him than that.
    When Griffin arrives to the town, he meets with a doctor who perscribes  him pills to take everyday that will turn his skin darker for him to become a black man.
    At first, Griffin is kind of scared because he doesn't know what to expect. As the project becomes into something bigger, Griffin experiences the real things "negros" have to experience in this town. He is threatened, followed, and people glare at him with looks of disgust.
    On the other hand, the black people of that society, are very welcoming to Griffin and treat him as if he were family. Griffin soon discovers that as he stops taking his pills, he becomes white again. With this, he begins to experiment both skin colors--white during the day and black at night.
    He discovers crazy unbelievable things, that make him open his eyes to the real world.  
    Personally, i think this books gives a lot of feedback of treatment to the negro society back during that time and the things they had to go through everyday, which was really interesting to me. That message is what i think is the most important message this book emphasizes.
    The things Griffin experiences after the world knows about his experiment, demonstrates the empathetic way people treat others--even of their own race. It makes me realize that there wasn't a lot of real freedom, or freedom of speech. I think the authors message to the readers about this book is to value your freedom and also to recap how unjust african americans were, and how they were treated and also how it affected them. and their lives.  Finally, i recommend this book to the people who are interested in learning about history and to value how life has changed to many people. I do not  recommend this book to people who are really passionate about their race and/or are really against racism because they might not enjoy the book as much, and might have a difficult time reading it. Overall, i think the book was really great! I enjoyed reading it, and would definitely read it again. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2012

    Why

    Why do so many people believe that only the south mistreated people of color when it was the whole of the united states that did. I just heard an interview yesterday by one of the black actresses that was in the movie the help and she lived in new hampshire or maine and she said she was spit on everyday and white boys chased her home from school everyday. I was born in the deep south and i never saw anything even remotely like what seems to be accepted as the truth but when i lived in ohio i saw prejudice on a daily basis. Frankly i think there is enough blame to go around. It is ridiculous to judge anyone based on the color of their skin. We were all created by god and we are equal in his sight. Who are we to judge.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2012

    Okay

    I started reading this with my classmates today. It's good so far. I'll post as we keep reading.

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  • Posted November 30, 2010

    Loved this Book

    Black like Me, a book that of course looked interesting to me but never thought I would read it. Even though I'm black doesn't mean that I'm always going to read something to do with black people, places, and things. While browsing the library for a book to read my friend found the book and handed it to me jokingly saying "Oh you'll love this book Jocelyn." With nothing to lose I picked up the book and read the back cover. It explained how a man name John Howard Griffin did an experiment where he dyed his skin to look like a black man's and ventured off into the world no longer his white self. From there he moved to New Orleans a town filled with black and white alike. He met a shoe shiner to whom he soon became friends with. Sterling Williams, the shoe shiner, takes John under his wing and takes him in throughout his journey in New Orleans.
    This book is thrilling, moving, and emotional. Amazingly John dealt with clerks refusing to cater to him, let him use the bathroom, or even cash a check. This book is a great read and is mostly appropriate for ages 10 and up.

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