What changes occur in the "heart and body and intelligence" of Griffin in Black Like Me?

The changes that occur in the "heart and body and intelligence" of Griffin in Black Like Me have to do with understanding what it feels like to be a black man in the United States in the 1950s. Griffin begins to comprehend, not only intellectually but also physically and emotionally, the toll of being black in America.

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Griffin changes his body as he embarks on his quest to find out what it is like to be a black man in America in the 1950s. He takes medication that causes his skin to turn darker, and he uses sunlamps to further darken his complexion. He also shaves his hair. These are superficial changes to his body, but he also undergoes changes in his mind.

As time goes on, he begins to understand some of what it is like to be black man, subject to insults on the street. He realizes that black people not only deal with constant insults: they are also subject to physical discomforts, such as not being able to use bathrooms in the segregated South. Griffin looks for a job, but he is unable to find any employment, except for working as a shoeshine. Therefore, his mind begins to change as he understands the indignities, large and small, that black people must endure.

All of these experiences also begin to affect Griffin's heart. He becomes depressed because of the way he must live. He is subject to insults and segregation, and he stays with a white friend to get a break from the stress of living as a black man in the South. His body, mind, and heart are changed by his experiences.

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