Publisher's description: Studs Terkel tells us in his Foreword to the definitive Griffin Estate Edition of Black Like Me: "This is a contemporary book, you bet." Indeed, Black Like Me remains required reading in thousands of high schools and colleges for this very reason. Regardless of how much progress has been made in eliminating outright racism ...Read MorePublisher's description: Studs Terkel tells us in his Foreword to the definitive Griffin Estate Edition of Black Like Me: "This is a contemporary book, you bet." Indeed, Black Like Me remains required reading in thousands of high schools and colleges for this very reason. Regardless of how much progress has been made in eliminating outright racism from American life, Black Like Me endures as a great human and humanitarian document. In our era, when "international" terrorism is most often defined in terms of a single ethnic designation and a single religion, we need to be reminded that America has been blinded by fear and racial intolerance before. As John Lennon wrote, "Living is easy with eyes closed." Black Like Me is the story of a man who opened his eyes, and helped an entire nation to do likewise.Read Less
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If a reader has even a fraction of prejudice he should read this book! You may think you can see things from another point of view...reading this book places you inside that point of view.
Oct 17, 2008
Author Can Never Know What It is to be Black
I did not read this book all of the way through, but I read far enough. I don't know why anyone would buy it. The author thinks he can use this skin darkening treatment, which in reality is another form of blackface to experience what it is like to be Black. He has reduced Blackness to some sort of game. I believe he can never have the full Black experience. He did not grow up as a person of color, nor would he have the same mindset as one. He can take off his skin tone and be white once more. Blacks cannot. This book disturbs me. The author has barely even scratched the surface and it seems as if though this experiment, he is viewing Blacks as a mysterious species. I would not recommend this book at all.
Mar 29, 2007
Black Like Me gave me a whole new perspective on why color shouldn't matter. I read it when I was a teenager and it greatly influenced how I have thought my entire life. When I was riding a bus in Baltimore I heard one fellow say "I am brown, not black" and it pointed out to me from reading this book and listening to other people that we are all equal and frankly color should not even be something that should be noticed. It's what in a man' heart that is important. It occurred to me that a book could be written on Jew like me with the same motive and concern that Black Like Me had. Or Native American like me. Or Asian like me.
Publishers Weekly, 2004-01-26 Griffin's (The Devil Rides Outside) mid-century classic on race brilliantly withstands both the test of time and translation to audio format. Concerned by the lack of communication between the races and wondering what "adjustments and discriminations" he would face as a Negro in the Deep South, the late author, a journalist and self-described "specialist in race issues," left behind his privileged life as a Southern white man to step into the body of a stranger. In 1959, Griffin headed to New Orleans, darkened his skin and immersed himself in black society, then traveled to several states until he could no longer stand the racism, segregation and degrading living conditions. Griffin imparts the hopelessness and despair he felt while executing his social experiment, and professional narrator Childs renders this recounting even more immediate and emotional with his heartfelt delivery and skillful use of accents. The CD package includes an epilogue on social progress, written in 1976 by the author, making it suitable for both the classroom and for personal enlightenment. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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