A young black man Griffin meets on the bus from New Orleans to Mississippi. Cristophe is well-dressed and courteous in the presence of white people, but rude and confrontational when he interacts with black people. As such, he nearly gets into a physical fight with one of the passengers in the back of the bus, eventually moving to sit next to Griffin. Soon enough, Griffin finds out quite a lot about Cristophe, including that he thinks of dark-skinned black people as “punks” and takes pride in his own light skin. Before long, Cristophe admits that he misses the feeling of belonging to a church community, but when Griffin suggests that he return to God, Cristophe admits that he can’t because he plans to murder several people (he also reveals that he’s just gotten out of prison). After inviting Griffin to come help him murder the men he wants to kill, Cristophe gets off the bus, and all of the other black passengers are relieved he’s gone.
Cristophe Character Timeline in Black Like Me
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November 14-15, 1959
...get into a disagreement with someone sitting behind him. The elegantly dressed man’s name is Cristophe, and he shouts at the other black man, threatening to fight him until the man’s... (full context)