Black Like Me

by

John Howard Griffin

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Black Like Me: January 2, 1960 Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
At an editorial meeting, George Levitan tells Griffin that he’ll only publish his story if he “insist[s].” “It’ll cause trouble. We don’t want to see you killed. What do you think? Hadn’t we better forget the whole thing?” he says, but Griffin refuses to back down now. As such, they agree that the piece will be published in March.
Now that Griffin has experienced life as a dark-skinned man in the South, he knows that he has to publish his findings, since doing so will help white people shift their perspectives and examine their own implicit biases. Although this might put him in danger, he clearly feels that what he’s found is too important to keep hidden, as this would only further enable white society to tell itself the lie that African Americans are happy with the way things are in the South.
Themes
Unity, Division, and Communication Theme Icon
Implicit Bias and Systemic Racism Theme Icon
Fear and Violence Theme Icon