Racism In John Howard Griffin's Black Like Me

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John Howard Griffin dives, head first into the subjects of prejudice, diversity, and racism; in his novel Black Like Me. During his transformation from a white man to a black man, he see’s the injustices thrown upon African Americans. Not because of the way they act, but because of the way they look. The novel Black Like Me brings about a realization of the hypocrisy of White Americans and opens the eyes to the readers, whether they want to accept it as truth or not. Griffin fights for racial justice but due to the fact he is white; he will never be able to understand what it’s like to be African American. When Griffin finally goes through his experimental treatment to become a African American. He instantly gets a sense of what life if like for them. Griffin can start to answer the questions he has been pondering. Are African Americans really abused? How bad is the issue of racism? He asks these questions, since he was blind for part of his life and could not tell whether or not someone was a person of color or white. His thesis is that he will see the effects of being an African American over time. This is not the case, as he realizes that the pigment of your skin effects the way people look at you instantly. The first case of the racial hatred he see’s takes …show more content…

We also see a light at the end of the tunnel. Racism is an issue we as a country still face today, we will always face this issue. Men will always consider themselves greater, then those they deemed inferior. This is a sad but real truth. As a community though we can work to overcome the bridge of racial hatred. Throwing away stereotypes, helping, and loving one another, will help destroy the bridge that divides us as human beings. If we can work on this then future generations won’t have as big of a problem. It’s up to us to teach the values of equality to younger generations so one day, we can and will live in harmony with one

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