Lessons For Today From Black Like Me By John Howard Griffin

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Fifty years ago, in November John Howard Griffin Black like me shocked white American with a truth it did not want to see. ("Introduction: Lessons for Today from Black Like Me.") Grassroots Economic Organizing. Web. 25 Apr. 2016. He is a white man who changes his skin tone to black. ("Introduction: Lessons for Today from Black Like Me." )Grassroots Economic Organizing. Web. 25 Apr. 2016. He wants to see how blacks are living. He wants to see how the black are getting treated from his point of view. His skin tone is just a color. Why does the skin color have an effect on the way he been treated. In the novel Black like me civil rights became a huge problem that is not shared with the African American race. Blacks were not allowed to go to the same bathroom or drink from the same drinking fountains as whites, attend the same school, and African American were not allowed to vote like the white could. Racism and segregation is a big problem in Black like Me. Racism is poor treatment of or violence against people because of their race. In 1932, if a black would drink from the same water fountain as white, he would get into a lot of trouble. That’s why John Howard changes his skin color. John Howard was a white man who didn’t live in the south. Griffin taught great lessons about racism in general,…show more content…
SparkNotes. Web. 25 Apr. 2016.) In the book, when Griffin first sees himself, he thinks he lost his identity. Griffin was a man who went on his journey for important purposes. He believes people should not be judged by the color of their skins. So, he decides to take his own actions in his own way. Is skin color a more powerful determinant than gender? Griffin finds out that the people who saw him as white days earlier, would not give him the time of the day just because he his skin color to black. He suffered even more as he rode the bus of New Orleans, now whites would not want to sit by him
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