|The book was quickly made into a poorly received movie|
Black Like Me, passed off as non-fiction, is a book by John Howard Griffin (white guy) that chronicles his experiences in the Deep South in 1959 after he had his skin darkened via a combination of both drugs and artificial sunlight.
Passing on reading it in AP English, we just picked it up to read now. It reads like a DWL and CWP wet dream, a book that can condition young, impressionable white students to accept the totality of Black Run America (BRA) now.
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Our perspective of the United States of America at SBPDL comes from a world more than two score removed from the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Born more than a score after this date, we have seen a world erected where any and all criticism of Black people is forbidden. Reading Black Like Me, one enters a world that seems as distant and unrecognizable as something out of pages of Upton Sinclair's prose.
Never understanding white guilt and realizing that a book entitled White Like Me - documenting a white person's darkening of their skin (think Soul Man) and entering the world of academia and then the corporate sector to show how capable Black people are treated now- would never fly, it is virtually impossible to try and walk in a mile in a Black persons shoes.
Time magazine wrote this of the book back in 1960:
"The Hate Stare." Accepted without question as a Negro by both races, Griffin drifted through four states—Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia—well-dressed, comparatively well-heeled ($200 in traveler's checks), obviously well-educated, under his own name and ready to reveal the truth to anyone who asked. No one asked. His skin was black, and that was enough.
Throughout the South, Griffin encountered what he calls "the hate stare." Offering his seat to a white woman in a New Orleans streetcar, he watched her face stiffen into hostility. "What are you looking at me like that for?" she asked sharply, and turned away muttering, "They're getting sassier every day."
The Dark Night. Griffin began his masquerade with the feeling that as a Southern white, he lacked compassion for the Negro, as well as a true understanding of the Negro's lot. His four-week journey strengthened both of these impressions. "I had no idea what they have to go through," he said. "I literally bawled myself to sleep some nights. I learned that when it is night, when it is dark, then the Negro feels safest. Langston Hughes's line, 'Night coming tenderly/ Black like me,'* has real meaning."
After four weeks as a Negro, Griffin harbors new doubts about his own race. "I like to see good in the white man," he said last week. "But after this experience, it's hard to find it in the Southern white."
One of these weekends, we at SBPDL would love to venture into Detroit, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Birmingham or another city with majority Black-areas that are crime-ridden to showcase what a true "Hate Stare" is in 2011.
YouTube and Worldstarhiphop.com provide the invaluable service of showcasing 365Black behavior if you want to see it from the confines of your own home. At some point soon, some enterprising soul is going to have to venture into the world Daniel Tosh mocks routinely and update for a 21st century audience John Howard Griffin's "Hate Stares."
Unlike Black Like Me, a work of purported non-fiction that can never be verified as authentic, videos documenting 365Black are real.
One last thought: the United States Department of Education has invested heavily in indoctrinating students to go against what nature intended, spending vast sums of time highlighting past racism by white people against Black people as part of the core curriculum. A dedication to the tenets of BRA has seemingly augmented the so-called three "R's" of education (readin', writin' and 'rithmetic) with a fourth "R," that of 'white racism.'
Try giving a Black person a "Hate Stare" now and see what happens. All white people can do is meekly lock their car door when they approach and turn their head away in shame, hoping that their car isn't broken into (hilariously spoofed in the Stuff White People Like comedy Harold and Kumar 2).
"Hate Stares" are solely looks that Black people give now-a-days, for a non-white performing such an action toward a Black person is grounds for unspeakable forms of retaliation.
Black Like Me is a work of fiction, a beloved book pushed as non-fiction by DWLs and CWPs in an all-out effort to inculcate students of the past wickedness of long dead nation. Try being a white person (or even a Black person) living among the Black Undertow now; your car and property constantly under threat of being stolen or violated in a nation that cares little for reporting the obvious truth of the Black criminality.
Maybe walking a mile in another person's shoes was necessary in a world without Flip cams and cell phones with video recording technology. But in our world today, Black people find no shame in documenting 365Black behavior for everyone else to see and enjoy, even uploading it to WorldStarHipHop.com for their 15 minutes of fame.
Knowing how Black people treat Black students just for earning honor roll status (thereby Acting White), one might be smart to avoid any attempt at replicating the purported adventures of Griffin.