If I could have a word.
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.
Some of the reviews white people give say that it changed their world-view and helped them think about racism more 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.
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.
What accolades did black men and women earn for enduring the terror of the Jim Crow south? He evades what could have been the most powerful function of his text:Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin.
The Book Report, And What I Learned: [Black Like Me] is an excellent book—for whites.” (If you find it problematic that this book about black life is written by a white author, you should .
Horace Newcomb, PhD, Editor “The most definitive resource on the history of television worldwide.” – Library Journal. With more than 1, original essays, the. John Howard Griffin was a white American journalist who is best known for his account, Black Like Me, in which he details the experience of darkening his skin and traveling as a black man through through Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia in /5.
Glenn Greenwald is the author of No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State. John Howard Griffin () is known internationally as the author of two novels, Nuni and The Devil Rides Outside, five books and monographs on racism in addition to Black Like Me, a biography of Thomas Merton, three collections of photography, a volume of journals, two historical works on Texas, a musicological study, and The John Howard Reader/5().
the fourth son of the Rev. Edward Weigall by his wife, Cecelia Bythesea Brome, was born at Nantes, France, on 16 February His father, known as "the little fighting parson", ruled his home with kindliness and humour, and there was comparatively little of stern discipline and the conventions usually associated with Victorian home life.