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Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
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Jun 11, 2012

it was amazing

Passionate, angry, courageous and eloquent account of Griffin's uniquely firsthand exposure to racism - in 1959, the white writer disguised himself (through medical treatments and skin dyes) as an African-American, and traveled through America's Deep South to experience how African-Americans were treated (condescendingly at best, cruelly at worst). Time and again, Griffin faces indignities - not being able to get a glass of water or use the bathroom - and outright hostility - including fearing for his life - from whites. And yet, when he rubs off the skin dye now and then when he needs to "pass" as white, he suddenly finds himself treated with courtesy and respect, with the only difference in him being the color of his skin. This is an important work which is (sad to say) just as relevant today as it was at its initial publication.
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June 11, 2012 – Shelved
May 8, 2015 – Started Reading
May 18, 2015 – Finished Reading

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