What is the "hate stare" in Black Like Me? Find at least two examples of this in the novel.

The "hate stare" in Black Like Me is the unique look of hatred and loathing that racist white people direct toward African Americans. Griffin finds himself on the receiving end of the hate stare while he's buying a bus ticket and later when he is waiting for a bus (pages 284 and 289 of the Wings Press ebook edition).

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The first example of the hate stare comes when Griffin tries to buy a bus ticket. When he approaches the ticket window he's immediately confronted by a rude white woman. She proceeds to treat him like dirt. Her otherwise attractive face having now turned sour, the ticket-seller gives Griffin a full-on hate stare which is so unexpected and so unprovoked that he's taken aback.

Griffin is unfailingly polite throughout this unpleasant encounter. All he wants is a ticket to Hattiesburg; the woman behind the ticket counter is so full of hate that she answers him rudely and glares at him with a look that African Americans in the South at that time recognized straight away, but which is a new experience for Griffin.

The second incident of the hate stare occurs not long after, while Griffin's waiting for a bus. On this occasion, he's being stared at by a middle-aged, heavy-set, well-dressed white man. This time Griffin goes into more detail about his experience being on the receiving end of the hate stare. He says that what's particularly frightening about it is not so much that it's threatening, but that it shows humans in such an inhuman light. It reveals a kind of insanity, something so obscene that its very obscenity terrifies you.

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