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In the book Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin the reader can experience life on the other side of the color line through his words John Griffin was an author who became another person so he could tell the story of being a black man in the 1950s south He went to a dermatologist and took pills to darken his skin tone he used a sun lamp to darken it more With these methods he became black He then traveled down to the south to live as an unemployed writer and experience first hand what the south was like for the black race He befriended most black people and was ignored by most white people In the middle of the story he stops being black and whitens his skin now he goes back and goes through the south as a white person He is surprised how different he is treated He can now no longer go into the black neighborhood but he can stay in the nicest white hotels and be treated like a person He notices how people act differently towards him and how his emotions are always scared and uncertain on what to do John Griffin in the beginning of the story is a white man from a nice neighborhood with a wife and two kids He is medium height but very large around the middle He is a writer with a successful career He has an adventurous spirit and likes to go far with his ideas and push things to the limits He knows a lot about different subjects because he is after all a writer With my decision to become a Negro I realized that I a specialist in race issues really knew nothing about the Negros real problem Griffin 8 John Griffin is a writer so throughout the story he is very descriptive and uses a lot of detailed explanations In the beginning of his adventure he is
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