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The battle for freedom goes on

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06.07.2000

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"Black Like Me" is a definite "must" for everyone. It is fascinating from the beginning. Griffin tells the story of himself: A white man in America, darkening his skin and entering the Black Community. Its around 1959, the conflicts between Black and White have reached its peak.
Griffin wrote down his expereinces - how he was discriminated againsr as a black under whites: separate bathrooms, no chance to get a job, sexually harassed, threatened, pursued, in fear for his life. Separate seats on buses (if you can get on one). Not being looked into the eyes. Treated like waste. Ready to be binned.
His story is eye-opening: his language is real - if you didn't know it was true you probably wouldn't believe it.
Follow Griffin through the streets of Chicago, sit next to him on the bus down south to Alabama, not knowing what to expect. Try to bear the constant disapproval, molest and harassment, day by day, all night long, for most of them for a lifetime. Imagine a life where the bare necessities are luxury - and where human rights do not exist for you. Nothing to win, nothing more to loose than your life, with all pride taken from you.
Griffin was committed for the rest of his life to the rights movement of African-Americans in the States, working together amongst others with Martin Luther King. He was threatened, the KKK burnt crosses in front of his home - the sign for being targeted.
In his later years Griffin suffered from the skin treatment and eventually died early. But the stories and pictures keep his spirit alive. The book is a historical milestone, an account of a battle never to be forgotten and unfortunately still going on.


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A white writer recounts his experiences in the American South following treatments that darkened his skin and share...

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Type Non-Fiction
Genre Sociology
Title Black Like Me

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