John Howard Griffin : Black Like Me

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This entire interview is consisted of the words of Danielle Ji, except for quotes

DANIELLE JI: Good afternoon, this is Danielle Ji, host of today’s show with the very man who has created much havoc on the racial question. In the Deep South of the 1950s, it was a great privilege to be in the shoes of a white man. But this man, a journalist for Sepia, used medication that darkened his skin into a dark brown and walked the streets as a Negro for six weeks, all documented in his fascinating narrative, Black Like Me, written in 1962. Please welcome…John Howard Griffin!

JOHN HOWARD GRIFFIN: Thanks, Danielle.

DANIELLE JI: Mr. Griffin, in your book, you talked quite a bit about the question of racism. Your narrative, the whole book, was written in support of equality, as an argument against racial injustice, correct?

JOHN HOWARD GRIFFIN: That’s correct. I wanted the Deep South, the entire world to know that we shouldn’t be judged because of our color or our culture, but by the individual’s own qualities, and nothing else.

DANIELLE JI: Thank you so much, Mr. Griffin. I personally read this book, and it just made me think about racism in a whole new way. It’s incredible that you were able to capture all this. All in all, I think you did a wonderful job showing the world that “where racism is practiced, it damages the whole community, not just the victim group”1, and that we shouldn’t judge people because of their race.
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