At first I didnt want to read this book when it was given to be, but By the Second Chapter I was hooked. I finished the book the next day. John Howard Griffin a white auther from Mansfield, Texas decides to dye his skin to pass as a black man and spends Six weeks in The South. In the book he Details many of the hardships he went through because of the colour of his skin.
Instead of getting upset though this book is a good example of how much things have changed in the world, the rights Black people now have because of things like the Social Rights movement and people like Martin Luther King Jr and Rosa Parks. Humanity has improved and learnt alot in thirty years, but times like these will always cast a dark cloud over our heads.
The author goes beyond just being curious about another race and actually experiences the facts of being a black person. This was definitely a bold thing to do. In the beginning I was expecting a charity "we are the world" writing but the author really took you beyond the surface of his experience and into the grit of how he felt as he was experiencing these things. In a time when we have our first Black President many people believe racism no longer exist … more
I remember reading this in junior high, and for someone who was raised in New England, where I had never even seen a person of color, then grew up in Southern California where I met people of all different races, religions, creeds, etc. this was a very interesting story. The movie with Sidney Poitier was wonderful, too.