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Theme Discrimination because of race can change a persons whole outlook on life John is a white writer who spends six weeks as a Negro in the southern states He later reports of his trials and hardships he tells how he dealt with racism as both a white man and a black man This book takes place in mostly the southern states John travels from New Orleans Louisiana through Mississippi and then into Alabama as a Negro It started in October of 1959 and John returned home to Mansfield Texas in December For the next eight months John tells the papers television stations and radios of his experiences living as a Negro During those eight months he also has some threats towards his family so they travel around staying at places they think will be safer Mr Griffin as they called him in the South wanted to know what it felt like to be discriminated by the color of your skin He had a loving wife and 3 kids who he absolutely adored As a very brave and curious man he headed into a scary world as a Negro hoping for the best Sterling Williams was the shoe shining man He was in his fifty and had a limp which with he had to use a crutch He was very friendly and was a great help to John I stood in the darkness before the mirror my hand on the light switch I forced myself to flick it onIn the flood of light against white tile the face and shoulders of a stranger a fierce bald very dark Negro-glared at me from the glass He in no way resembled meThe transformation was total and shocking I had expected to see myself disguised but this was something else I was imprisoned in the flesh of an utter stranger an unsympathetic on with whom I felt no kinship All traces of John
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