Black Like Me, By John Howard Griffin Essay

1785 Words Sep 11th, 2015 8 Pages
Black Like Me, an autobiographical diary by John Howard Griffin walks readers through the day to day trials of a black man in the late 1950’s. Griffin is a white journalist who goes undercover in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia as a black man to further understand a Negro’s struggle. Through his journey, he realizes that people immediately judge you by the tone of your skin regardless of your mannerism, wealth, or education. Black Like Me is as relevant now as it was then; because, although people would like to believe that everyone is treated the same way despite their race, they are not. Over time, incidents of racial inequality have profoundly lessened. This could be for a plethora of reasons but the most effective cause of racial change was the Civil Rights Movement. The Civil Rights Movement not only released the truth, but gave blacks the courage to stand up for themselves and voice their opinions. Even though the prejudice against blacks has decreased, that does not mean prejudice has been eradicated. People have still not learned to treat everyone equal, despite their race or sexuality. In the late 1950’s Negroes were blatantly treated unfairly. Although in 2015, people are more careful about what leaves their mouth and are less obvious about specific racial dislikes, there are still instances of racial prejudice. Only three years ago, in 2012, America got the chance to witness the Trayvon-Martin Case, a perfect example of racial profiling. In…

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