Black Like Me


John Howard Griffin

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Griffin’s Host Character Analysis

A friend with whom Griffin stays when he first arrives in New Orleans. Because he doesn’t want his friend—who is white—to suffer the possible negative consequences of hosting him, Griffin decides that he won’t tell him what he’s doing. This way, nobody will be able to accuse his friend of anything controversial when news of the project reaches the public. Once Griffin darkens his skin, he leaves his friend’s house to live in local hotels.
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Griffin’s Host Character Timeline in Black Like Me

The timeline below shows where the character Griffin’s Host appears in Black Like Me. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
November 7, 1959
Unity, Division, and Communication Theme Icon
Fear and Violence Theme Icon
That afternoon, Griffin’s host looks up at him and says, “I don’t know what you’re up to, but I’m... (full context)