Black Like Me

by

John Howard Griffin

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Black Like Me: November 27, 1959 Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
Feeling that “the situation in Montgomery” is quite “strange,” Griffin decides to “try passing back into white society.” This decision also has to do with the fact that he can’t bear to face “hate” anymore. 
Griffin’s unwillingness to withstand “hate” anymore is worth noting, since it says something about just how emotionally destructive and upsetting it is to live under the constant influence of racism. Indeed, Griffin has only been disguised as a black man for about a month, and yet he can’t bear to continue even for the sake of this experiment. As such, he decides to transition back into “white society”—an option that is obviously unavailable to people dealing with racism and bigotry.
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