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About the story, did he suffer the actual hardships of black man? What did he learn...

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ufcfan | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted May 28, 2009 at 5:43 AM via web

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About the story, did he suffer the actual hardships of black man? What did he learn about mankind being Black? Over all meaning book.

Need 3 solid points on which I can build on.....Im going to be comparing it to another book "Black Boy"

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dalepowell1962 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted May 28, 2009 at 6:01 AM (Answer #1)

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John Howard Griffin did indeed experience the hardships of being black in Black Like Me. For one, he experienced how difficult it was to find what most of us take for granted:  a bathroom.  He also learned about peer pressure.  Even though he was not required by law to give up a bus seat at the time the story takes place, he does start to give up his seat to a white woman as a common courtesy.  When he does this, he meets with disapproval from his black "peers".

He also came to realize how improper treatment can lead to  what society deems improper behavior.  Black Like Me is a true story and Griffin was not recognizable as white during his "experiment"- so at times, it was impossible for him to experience anything except that of what a black person would experience at the time.

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