Since the civil rights movement and the changes that have occurred since then, do you think people still believe "the lighter the skin the more trustworthy the negro," as is said in Black Like Me?

Even with the changes since the civil rights movement, there is still an element of truth in this statement. Black people still face discrimination in their daily lives, and darker-skinned people in particular are subject to unequal and unjust treatment. This is referred to as colorism, where people of the same race are viewed differently because of darker or lighter skin tones.

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In the novel, Griffin goes to see a doctor to get help changing his skin color from white to black. It is this doctor who says “the lighter the skin the more trustworthy the Negro.”

In my opinion, there is definitely still an element of truth in this statement, even...

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In the novel, Griffin goes to see a doctor to get help changing his skin color from white to black. It is this doctor who says “the lighter the skin the more trustworthy the Negro.”

In my opinion, there is definitely still an element of truth in this statement, even nowadays. Whilst the civil rights movement has successfully managed to achieve equal rights for black people, we can still observe racism in daily life. For example, black people are still occasionally subjected to verbal or even physical abuse or find themselves unable to progress in a career because a white person is being treated more favorably. In terms of the difference between various degrees of skin color, there is indeed evidence that people of a lighter skin tone are subjected to less racism than people of a darker skin tone. A YouGov study in 2019 surveyed 811 black Americans and found that “those identifying themselves as having the darkest skin (…) are more likely to say that they frequently experience racism.” The study’s findings clearly support the quote you are referring to, as it shows that people with racist tendencies seem to be motivated to act upon this more towards people of a darker skin tone.

Interestingly, with regard to your quote, the doctor tells Griffin that he had heard black people themselves saying this, as the quote you are referring to is actually introduced with the words “he also told me things that Negroes had told him.” This points towards another form of discrimination which is taking place today with regard to different types of skin tone among black people: colorism, which refers to racism among people of the same race.

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