A Black Man By John Howard Griffin Essay

784 Words Mar 28th, 2016 4 Pages
Being an African American person in America in the late 1950s to the 1960s could not be easy. It was a nightmare to be of color in these times due to racial inequality such as, segregation, social injustice, and violence. A person white or black in the world today could not understand how it felt to live in that time as a black person. The only way to actually know how it was to live then as a black person, is to actually live then as a black person. This is a task that author John Howard Griffin took on himself in 1959. Griffin left his home and family to experience what it is like to be a black man in those times, making his skin colored. Griffin was well educated in liberal arts and this would go on to help him, because they teach one how to think for themselves, learn for life, and how to communicate. Although, Griffin went to others for advice he still always made his own logical decisions at the end of the day. Throughout the book he goes to others for advice for his experiment. The first person he went to was a friend of his named George Levitan, the editor of a magazine by the name of Sepia, which is devoted to Negro issues. Levitan was appalled that Griffin would do something such as this and he advised him against it. He warned Griffin about the consequences of this risky operation. Griffin already set his mind on this project and he was going to go through with it no matter the cost. He makes decisions based on what he believes is right not what other may…

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