Black Like Me

by

John Howard Griffin

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Black Like Me: February 26 – March 14, 1960 Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
As Griffin’s story nears publication, people begin to find out about what he’s done. He even begins to receive interview requests, and he decides to go on a television show to talk about his experience as a dark-skinned man in the South. After his first interview airs, he and his family wait for phone calls to start pouring in, and though they do receive several, they’re surprised that no threats arrive—yet.
Now that he has revealed to the public that he disguised himself as a black man, Griffin braces himself for the white community’s harsh reaction. After all, he has gone against the “currents” that Adelle Jackson pointed out to him before he began the experiment—“currents that make the idea of a white man’s assuming nonwhite identity a somewhat repulsive step down.”
Themes
Appearance, Identity, and Bigotry Theme Icon
Unity, Division, and Communication Theme Icon
Fear and Violence Theme Icon
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