Black Like Me By John Howard Griffin

1581 Words7 Pages
In the book Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin the reader can experience life on the other side of the color line through his words. John Howard Griffin was an author, more specifically was a journalist and a specialist on race issues. His desire was to know if Southern whites were racist against the Negro population of the Deep South, or if they really judged people based on the individual 's personality as they said. Because of this he felt that they had encouraged him to cross the color line and write Black Like Me. He became another person so he could tell the story of being a black man in the 1950s south. After his experience Griffin became a leading advocate in the Civil Rights Movement. He did a lot to promote awareness of the racial situations. John Griffin, in the beginning of the story is a white man from a nice neighborhood with a wife and two kids. He is medium height but very large around the middle. However, Griffin wanted to experience firsthand the obstacles and hardships of being black in America so that he may understand what life is like for blacks. Griffin underwent a series of medical treatments to change his skin color temporarily to black. He went to his dermatologist for help. He took pills to darken his skin tone; he used a sun lamp to darken it more. The transformation was complete when Griffin shaved off his hair, looked in the mirror, and saw a bald, middle-aged black man. After he changed his skin tone he was ready to see how

More about Black Like Me By John Howard Griffin

Get Access