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Black Negro Essay In John Howard Griffins novel Black Like Me Griffin travels through many Southern American states including Mississippi While in Mississippi Griffin experiences racial tension to a degree that he did not expect It is in Mississippi that he encounters racial stereotypical views directed towards him which causes him to realize the extent of the racial prejudices that exist Mississippi is where he is finally able to understand the fellowship shared by many of the Negroes of the 50s because of their shared experiences Although Griffin travels throughout the Southern States the state of Mississippi serves as a catalyst for the realization of what it is truly like to be a Negro in 1959 Once in the state of Mississippi Griffin witnesses extreme racial tension that he does not fully expect It is on the bus ride into Mississippi that Griffin first experiences true racial cruelty from a resident of Mississippi It was late dusk when the bus pulled into some little town outside of Hatteisburg for a stop We get about ten minutes here Bill said lets get off here and stretch our legs The driver stood up and announced Ten minute rest stop The whites rose and ambled off Bill and I led the Negroes toward the door As soon as he saw us the driver blocked our way Bill slipped under his arm and walked away Hey boy where are you going the driver shouted at Bill while he stretched his arms across the opening to prevent myself from stepping down I stood waiting Where do you think your going he asked his heavy cheeks quivering with each word Id like to go to the rest room I smiled and moved to step down He tightened his grip on the door Does your ticket say for you to get off here he asked
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