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Download Black Like Me kindle ´ 208 pages ´ John Howard Griffin Ë In the Deep South of the 1950s journalist John Howard Griffin decided to cross the color line Using medication that darkened his skin to deep brown he exchanged his privileged life as a Southern white man for the disenfranchised world of an Ly relevant eyewitness history is a work about race and humanity that in this new millennium still has something important to say to every Americ My main ualm with this book is that for some reason it's on teacher's lists and reading lists etc but why are we listening and pushing a book written by a white man who passed as black for a while rather than actual black people who can and do study write and explain their experience constantly I get that perhaps some people won't be able to give credence to anyone but a white person but isn't that a flaw of our culture? Why are the books written by and about black scholarspeople not being disseminated so widely taught and shared? The whole premise of this book written and taught I am sure with good intentions is exactly that the road paved with good intentions Let's start listening and giving credence to real live black people who have lived their entire lives in black skin and then I won't have so much difficulty with the prominence of this one book Along the same lines I think as the food stamp challenge where people of means pretend they are living the lives of people on food stamps without giving up their cars and fancy cookware warm bedshomes etc for the duration It's impossible to replicate the experience of life on assistance or in another person's skin without actually living it Just my opinion I'm just another white person without any real experience

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In the Deep South of the 1950s journalist John Howard Griffin decided to cross the color line Using medication that darkened his skin to deep bro I was ready to give this book a somewhat generous review for what may be obvious reasons but then I read some other reviews and now I’m annoyed It’s ridiculous to cast John Howard Griffin as some kind of hero because he was “brave enough” to “endure” the “black experience” for less than 8 weeks Sorry but read a book by a black American about the black American experience if that’s what you want to learn about; I suspect any would be holistic than to cast black men and women as purely agents of suffering with such despairing lives that poor Griffin should be exalted to sainthood for attempting to “live as a Negro” for 6 weeks And I should point out that with this reasoning it would follow that every black man and woman born in the United States during our hundreds of years of terror against black people ought to be considered heros—yet Griffin is the one being celebrated Griffin is a white man his whole life and readers think his slapping on some make up for six weeks would allow him to understand the black experience Bullshit It’s such a ridiculous suggestion; I am astonished this book is being described as a great piece of anthropology I’m not criticizing the instances that his own racism shows through in his narrative although those would be valid and useful critiues but I’m disturbed by some of the reactions to this book Though it’s also clear that the book is meaningful to whites Some of the reviews white people give say that it changed their world view and helped them think about racism personally so it seems that the book is still useful for the purpose of teaching empathy to white people and in a sort of round about way one might even learn something about privilege I can see how it makes the issue of racism very personal for white people forcing themus to imagine what it might be like to occupy a different place in the matrix of domination The book is also useful for analyzing the mentality of upper middle class whites who worked for racial justice in the South during the sixties Griffin was brave yes and at a time when nearly all white people were major assholes understatement he was at least one of the few trying to work for justice which is interesting and causes one to wonder what stoked that desire in him Especially his resilience in the face of lynch threats on his life is to be admired But let’s not forget that his “anthropological” experiment also advanced his career and he was paid by magazines to print his journals What accolades did black men and women earn for enduring the terror of the Jim Crow south? I would have liked to see self criticism in Griffin’s account He evades what could have been the most powerful function of his text an analysis of the racism rooted in the very conception of the project

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Black Like MeWn he exchanged his privileged life as a Southern white man for the disenfranchised world of an unemployed black man His audacious still chilling Let's just put this right up front the idea that it takes a white man posing as a black man to convince white America of the realities of racism smacks of patronizing racial tourism; something only tone deaf Hollywood could conjure up except that not even Hollywood dreamed up Rachel Dolezal who egregiously co opted a black identity to further her professional agenda and to block up holes in her own emotional dam But that is looking at John Griffin's extraordinary experiment through a 21st century lens with all the cultural and political knowledge that hindsight affords In 1959 Griffin darkened his skin by taking pills and sitting under a sun lamp and rubbing stain into his skin and then spent six weeks traveling through the American South That he was a black man was never uestioned He lived in black neighborhoods in New Orleans and travelled in fear into Mississippi where the recent trial of white men accused of lynching and murdering a black man was an epic travesty of justice like so many trials before it of those crimes actually brought to trial Griffin's actions became a catalyst in the Civil Rights era of the early 60s After the publication of his experiences first in the magazine Sepia then in this book Black Like Me in 1961 Griffin and his family became targets of retribution for his betrayal and his insistence on racial justice In 1964 he was beaten with chains by a gang of white men in Mississippi and left for dead Eventually his family moved to Mexico to live in the safety of anonymity The irony of course is that the very segment of the American population Griffin tried to speak for black America could never pick up and move to a safer just life in another place Black America could not wash its face wait for its skin to lighten and then capture the spotlight as a curiosity or social experiment and earn speaking fees or royalties; no black America is still waiting for so much of white America—fifty five years after Griffin said to himself The only way I could see to bridge the gap between us was to become a Negro—to acknowledge that systemic racism is ground into our political and cultural institutions that it can't be washed off like Griffin washed off the stain from his skin Black Like Me is a painful read I had a very hard time suspending disbelief that Griffin could so easily pass for black I struggled with extreme discomfort at Griffin speaking for people of color in the narrative This discomfort played out in Griffin's own life when he admitted a few years after the publication of Black Like Me the terrible irony that people came to hear him speak as if he were a circus side show yet would not give the same attention to civil rights and social justice advocates of color who lived their lives in the world where he had only sojourned for six weeks But again I must put my reactions and feelings in context What Griffin accomplished was revolutionary—he provoked white America into a radical empathy and exposed the fallacy of colorblindness In his 1977 memoir A Time To Be Human he states “Surely one of the strangest experiences a person can have is suddenly to step out into the streets and find that the entire white society is convinced that individual possesses ualities and characteristics which that person knows he does not possess I am not speaking here only of myself This is the mind twisting experience of every black person I know That statement is at the heart of the why and the what of his actions in 1959 Black Like Me is a mind and heart twisting book It cannot be judged out of the cultural context in which it was written but it can continue to be read for the profound relevance it still holds today when we still have to explain why Black Lives Matter