Black like Me
John Howard Griffin decides to change the color of his skin in order to experience,first hand, the racism towards blacks in the Deep South.Throughout his many journeys he watched the blacks endure horrible grief’s in there search for equality.
When the blacks attempted nonviolent protest the whites would react violently and unfairly.In the video ” A Time for Justice ” the blacks protested by sitting at the bar of a diner.The whites in the diner reacted by beating up the peaceful blacks and the white cops unfairly arrested the innocent blacks.Also when Rosa Parks sat in the front of a bus and would not let a white women have her seat she was arrested and taken to jail.This is an example of how unfair the blacks where treated both by the citizens and officers of many towns in the Deep South.
The blacks were also deprived of many rights that we take for granted.During a bus stop, in Black Like Me, the blacks were not allowed to get off the bus and go to the bathroom.One man sneaked under the arms of the blacking driver and another urinated on the floor because he was so disgusted by the driver’s actions.
Griffin also experienced how the blacks treated other blacks in there community.Griffin found out that the blacks knew they must stick together to overcome the inequality.The blacks in the Deep South treated Griffin with great kindness and offered help whenever it looked like he needed it.Other blacks were treated so badly that they came to believe that they were unequal and they would never become free.These blacks did not even look the whites in the eye and followed all of the unequal rules without question.
The only way Griffin could truly experience the plight of the blacks was by changing the color of his skin and in some way his whole identity.From the moment his skin darkened he wasn’t treated like a human by the whites they looked at him in a whole different way.Griffin soon real…