I really should have posted this yesterday. Forgive me won’t you?
Day #20: A book I would recommend to an ignorant/racist/closed minded person
I’ll tell you what I would recommend. I would recommend that those people get their heads out of their asses. But if I had to suggest a book to such a person it would be Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin.
On October 28, 1959, John Howard Griffin underwent a transformation that changed many lives beyond his own—he made his skin black and traveled through the segregated Deep South. His odyssey of discovery was captured in journal entries, arguably the single most important documentation of 20th-century American racism ever written. More than 50 years later, this newly edited edition—which is based on the original manuscript and includes a new design and added afterword—gives fresh life to what is still considered a “contemporary book.” The story that earned respect from civil rights leaders and death threats from many others endures today as one of the great human—and humanitarian—documents of the era. In this new century, when terrorism is too often defined in terms of a single ethnic designation or religion, and the first black president of the United States is subject to hateful slurs, this record serves as a reminder that America has been blinded by fear and racial intolerance before. This is the story of a man who opened his eyes and helped an entire nation to do likewise.
Black Like Me was first published in 1961. I read it in 1991 or so. I haven’t read it since and I’m thinking it might be time for a re-read.
Have you read it?