Black Like Me Essay

1882 words - 8 pages

Black Like Me This story was an excellent idea by John Griffin to expose the true racism in the South. I wonder what motivated him to change his color also. I also want to know his views on racism. I wonder if George Levitan is still alive, the man who was the editor of Sepia. I also wonder if he had the first black magazine in the world. How did Griffin meet Levitan? Why does Levitan sound so depressing, I mean why does he says he'll help him, but he'll probably get killed. Why is Griffin so open-minded compared to other Whites of his time, and how did he become this way? I also wonder why Griffin was so brave. If Griffin went through with this project he could be killed, starve, get sick, etc. I say this because Griffin was going down into the deep South as a black man but he didn't know anything about how the black behaved. Griffin could look like a black man but he may not have been able to act like a black man or have the mindset of a black man at that time. Griffin could get food or shelter as a white man anywhere by paying money, but as a black man he could be cold, starving in a rich area of town, and wouldn't be able to get food or shelter. Griffin also didn't know how to respond to white people of the time, so he would probably have to talk to black people to learn that. I also after his story was published there would probably be retaliation from hate groups. I also want to know why Griffin met with the Federal Bureau of Investigation men. By meeting with the Federal Bureau of Investigation the most they could do is tell him not to go. I think Griffin should've done more planning with this project also. It seems like he just came up with the idea one day and hastily contacted people with the idea. The first day in New Orleans it sounds like Griffin just walked around but really didn't have a plan for shelter. Another thing that I was wondering is why he decided to keep his original name. Many black people may not have recognized his name, but some white people would of recognized it for sure. Was Griffin just seeing how far he could go before someone noticed? Why was Griffin in such a hurry to get his pigmentation treatments going? In the book Griffin says "I told him I could not spare that much time and we decide to try accelerated treatments," Why didn't Griffin plan this trip out and get a list of contacts? Griffin went into New Orleans with no contacts but one friend. Griffin had no contacts in the black world in New Orleans, but he figured he could just fade in. I also wonder why the host, the person who was letting Griffin stay at his house during his treatments, wasn't more suspicious. The host knew what Griffin was doing, and he didn't ask questions of him. If I was the host I would be concerned for Griffin, and I would be very curious on why his skin was getting darker. The doctor who is giving Griffin the treatments says the lighter the skin the smarter they are, I wonder if people still believe this cliché...

Find Another Essay On Black like me

John Howard Griffin's Black Like Me

1559 words - 6 pages Black Like Me In the Fall of 1959, John Howard Griffin set out on a journey of discovery. A discovery of his own nature, as well as a discovery of human nature. With the help of a friend, Griffin transformed his white male body into that of an African-American male body. Through a series of medical treatments, the transformation was complete. He spent the next several months as an African-American traveling through the deep

The Review of "Black Like Me."

1137 words - 5 pages man in the racist south of 1956. John kept a dairy with him through out the experiment to keep a daily record of his findings. After the experiment he published his diary in his book "Black like Me". John wanted to expose how minorities were treated. "I could have been a Jew in Germany, a Mexican in a number of states or a member of any inferior group. Only the details would have differed. The story would be the same." (Black like Me, Griffin

"Black Like Me" by John Griffin

1099 words - 4 pages race issues, began his discoveries on the racial problems in his society at the age when the flower of racism was blessed by the majority groups in the US. His book was published in 1960, and the reaction on it was like a thunder in a blue sky. Today John Griffin's book, "Black Like Me", is considered a classic and an excellent teaching tool.John Griffin had a desire to know if Southern whites were racist against the Negro population of the Deep

2ND review of: "Black like me."

1508 words - 6 pages suddenly out of sympathy he happens to glance her way letting her know she is welcome to sit next to him, then suddenly he states," Her blue eyes, so pale before sharpened and she spat out, "What're you looking at me like that for?" pg.25 Black like Me. As I alone was reading this comment I felt as if I was the one being stared down at and felt his shame and stupidity.At the beginning of the book the preface contains this very statement," I offer it in

Black Like Me-Lower Class Citizens

1066 words - 4 pages that blacks are still being discriminated against is in Corvallis, Oregon. At Oregon State University the white students and faculty are constantly harassing blacks. 'People look at me like I'm a hoodlum gang member,' said a football player at the university (Cain). This quote talks about how a lot of blacks are viewed as a stereotypic gangster which is considered a lower- class citizen in most people's eyes. At the same campus a black government

"Black Like Me" by John Howard Griffin

974 words - 4 pages Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin is a Multicultural story set in the south around the late 1950's in first person point of view about John Griffin in 1959 in the deep south of the east coast, who is a novelist that decides to get his skin temporarily darkened medically to black. What Griffin hopes to achieve is enough information about the relationships between blacks and whites to write a book about it.The overall main obstacle is society

Compare And Contrast Black Like Me and Black Boy

2112 words - 8 pages The racism and discrimination against blacks in both Black Like Me and Black Boy show the hardships and racial injustice that blacks faced in the south with their share of differences and similarities. After reading Black Like Me and Black Boy, I have gained a better perspective, about how in Black Like Me when John Howard Griffin was a “black” man he was treated unequally as all blacks are and once he went back to being a white man those

"Black like me" and the movie "Gentleman's Agreement"

1229 words - 5 pages Differential PrejudiceWhile the abhorrent prejudice evident in the book Black Like Me, written by John Griffin, and in the movie "Gentleman's Agreement", directed by Elia Kazan, against blacks and Jews respectively, seems similar in nature, it is important to note that they are not equal. An exploration of the difference in the method and complexity required for the transformation of each main character is demonstrative of the requirements for

Black Like Me & The Fire Next Time Paper

1198 words - 5 pages Once, race and religion were two traditional structural components of society from the past, but today the two act as social dividers. The disconnection of people of varying beliefs and races as well as the misunderstanding of each other in societies are issues well interpreted in the novels, Black Like Me, by John Howard Griffin and The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin. Both authors would agree that something must be done to bridge the gap in

Ethics in Black Like Me by John Griffin

1288 words - 6 pages Black Like Me is the incredibly interesting story of John Griffin, a Caucasian man who decided to try being African American in the south during the 60s. In this analysis paper I will be addressing the ethics of this project, his potential self-deception, his ability to pass unnoticed as an imposter, along with his courage for attempting such a dangerous project in the Deep South. His project was a success and a remarkable accomplishment for

Griffin's Black Like Me and Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible

2505 words - 10 pages     John Howard Griffin's novel, Black Like Me, and Barbara Kingsolver's novel, The Poisonwood Bible, describe journeys made by white Americans into black societies in the early 1960's. Griffin, a white journalist for Sepia magazine, took medication to darken his skin and entered the United States' Deep South to experience the plight of African Americans (Bain 195). His book is a true account of his experiences as a black man. Kingsolver

Similar Essays

Reliving “Black Like Me” Essay

1020 words - 5 pages Solomon used his social experiment to get a better understanding of life as a black man. He was dedicated in finding out what that life would be like by dropping out of school for a semester, making his skin darker, and leaving home to travel. What influenced him to decide to do all of that? Solomon wanted to see if his black friends were right about if life is harder for them just because they are black. I do believe he found his answer. What

Black Like Me 2 Essay

661 words - 3 pages Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin In the book Black like me John Howard Griffin points out that the Negro doesn't understand the white any more than the white understands the Negro. Specific examples of the book show that both colors were racist to each other.The whites are especially racist with the blacks as seen while Griffin was hitchhiking through Mississippi. The whites were all keens on inquiring about his sex life, which they were

Black Like Me Essay

568 words - 2 pages Black Like Me By: John Howard Griffin Character Analysis In the book Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin, John was the main character and he had many characteristics that made him such an out standing person. John grew up as a white boy who lived in New Orleans. When he got older he became a racial specialist. He wanted to know what it was like to be black so he changes himself into a black man and went into the Deep South to experience

Black Like Me Review

713 words - 3 pages The novel Black Like Me, John Howard Griffin, tells the story of a white novelist from the south who seeks to write about the relationships between blacks and whites. He embarked on a personal mission in the late 1950's to experience the hatred and intolerance toward blacks that was widespread in the South. In order to see what life was truly like as a black man in the south, he proceeded to undergo medical treatments to alter his skin to a