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Greg Pellis US History I AP Mr Voloninno Due 92004 Black Like Me Essay What is unacceptable It is merely what is considered socially normal It may be perceived any way you want but there is no real defenition of what it is Today we see acceptable as treating everybody fairly giving equal opportunities to all and not discriminating due to race religion or creed But it was not always like that as we have seen thanks to John Howard Griffins brave act of investigating what it meant to be black in the Deep South In disguise as an African-American John Howard Griffin encountered many situations that would be considered unacceptable today but back in the late 1950s it was considered completely permissible to put down and degrade people of other races As a black man Mr Griffin was denied the use of a restroom multiple times because it was for white clientele only This highly discriminatory practice was all too common in the Southern United States of America before the Civil Rights Bill was passed Mr Griffin also unearthed trouble when he attempted to cash a twenty-dollar travelers check A woman behind the counter who had pleasantly served him many times as a white man refused to cash his check merely because he was black Eventually a woman in a religious bookstore cashed it for him The most serious problem was the whites completely ignoring the blacks unless they were directly confronted by them This shows that the whites believed that they held racial superiority above the blacks If it were not for this attitude whites and blacks probably could have lived together in peace before being forced to by the government As a white man in the Deep South Mr Griffin also encountered many problems As stated above he was completely ignored by blacks as he was by whites when he was black In the rare case
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