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Differential Prejudice While the abhorrent prejudice evident in the book Black Like Me written by John Griffin and in the movie Gentlemans Agreement directed by Elia Kazan against blacks and Jews respectively seems similar in nature it is important to note that they are not equal An exploration of the difference in the method and complexity required for the transformation of each main character is demonstrative of the requirements for entry too the respective groups The juxtaposition of the treatment of blacks and that of Jews in these works shows the dizzying array of inequality that permeate American society like a malignant cancer A person is known to be black because of an obvious physical characteristic which while meaningless can be empirically determined While there may be plenty of examples of racially indistinct people there is generally little difficulty recognizing someone who is black The difference is a natural one as that of a black cat and a white cat which are still cats just the same It is harder to pin down what makes Jews different Certainly there is an entire religion a set of requirements that separate Jews with dietary restrictions and religious observances but these are contrived everybody has food preferences and special observances It requires human intelligence to invent a difference between someone who is Jewish and someone who is not whether that separation is externally generated or internally generated In beginning of Black Like Me we are treated to the transformation of a white man into a black man This metamorphosis required the advice of a doctor and weeks of elaborate treatments using pills and tanning lights to change the pigment of his skin In having done this he made the major change required to transform into a black man That is he made his skin dark All of this labor was necessary because it required a potent physical change to go from being a white man to being black
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