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Black Like Me By John Griffin

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All men are created equal... or are they? John Griffin's 'Black Like Me' shows howracism is nothing more then the foolish misunderstanding of man. White's current superiorityhangs in the balance as Blacks become tired of being the minority, in the late 1950's. Even thoughthis struggle isn't as dreadful as it was then, it still exists. The certainty of racism can't be ignoredbut it will soon disappear as generations mix. Racial discrepancies challenge the unity of humancivilization.John Griffin had a biting curiosity which he could no longer stand. What was life trulylike, for a black man in the deep south? He sought the real answer to this by darkening his skinwith extreme amounts of ...view middle of the document...

This desire foraction only stirs a greater terror within the (racist) white community. People like, Martin LutherKing Jr. begin to surface. He and many others aspire to show the blacks that they are equal humanbeings. Its strange to think that most blacks thought a white was better just because that is whatthey were brought up to believe. This new realization completely jeopardizes the supremacy ofthe white community. The book gives many examples of this fear/hatred such as, 'The hatestare', the tone of peoples voices, and the over all rejection. Who could have thought that a blackperson could have the same job opportunities and the same living standards? For those racistwhites who have a pathetic pride in there incomparable skin color and fear of change is whygroups like the Ku Klux Klan exist. It is comforting to know that this despicable attitude is nolonger holding the majority.Yes, certain racial beliefs were awful in the 50's and 60's but its not over yet, some stillexist today. People who still feel they are fighting the Civil War, also believe in the segregation ofthe black community. Hate groups such as the KKK and Neo Nazis are around but don't...

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