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The setting is the deep South in 1959. What began as a scientific research project ended up fueling the racial upheavals in 1960s America. When John Howard Griffin dyed his white skin to black to find out for himself if people are discriminated against based on skin color alone, he was not prepared for what he discovered. The rest is history.

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Jean W

Jan 27, 2012

Mind Boggling

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.

The Pageturner

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.

Ron Townsend

Mar 29, 2007

Understanding ourselves

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.

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