Analysis Of The Book ' Black Like Me '

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The book “Black Like Me” presented a lot of interesting topics about racial diversity in the United States during the 1960’s. Howard Griffin embarked on a journey that no other man in this time would dare do. H decided to leave his privileged life as a white man behind and travel to the South and live as a black man, to really understand the pressures that they dealt with and to see things from a different perspective. The only real way to do so was to become a black man. He began taking medication that would darken his skin and the transformation that he made was incredible.
At the time, there was no tolerance for anyone that was not a white man. The world was a different place and segregation was a real thing. It is hard for me to picture a world where someone cannot eat in a certain restaurant or use a restroom all because of the color of their skin.
In the beginning of the book, Howard Griffin makes the transformation from a white man to a black man. His experiences takes place in New Orleans in the 1950 's where racism and segregation was very much a reality for African Americans. This transformation was revolutionary because the line between the white and the black man was clearly drawn. The white people looked down on the black people and did not even think of them as human. The white people felt that they were superior and both their behaviors and actions proved that to be true. In one instance when Griffin was on the bus after his transformation, an older white…
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