Black like me tells the story of John Howard Griffin,a White middle aged writer from Mansfield ,Texas. In this Dramatic Memoir the writer tell the readers his experience, while living undercover as a black middle aged man in the south. The author decided to take this risky undercover role in order to understand fully the lives and treatment of African Americans during this pivotal time in history. He received financial support from Sepia magazine, a black magazine, in exchange for the magazine allowing him to write a few columns about his undercover findings.
The story start out in New Orleans, Lousiness, a city in a heavily prejudges southern state. The first Negro he meets is an intelligent and hardworking shoe shiner named Sterling Williams. Griffin gets to know the boy for several days before he dyes his skin black to see if the boy recognizes him after the change, and so he could tell have his help after the change.. In order for Griffin to gain his black color he had to takes pills that reacted to sunlight and had to die his skin. Skin color was the only variable changed in his dangerous experiment, and according to most white people, skin is all that counts in measuring everything a Negro has. This was one lesson griffin experienced many times.
When the change was complete Griffin returned to Sterling Williams shoe shine stand to see if Williams recognized him. Sterling did not, which showed Griffin that his change had gone has planed. Once Williams initial shock wore off Griffin told Williams he was the nice white man that Williams has shines shoes foe the last couple of days. Once Williams understood the change he talked about the injustice negros faced, he showed Griffin all the spots Negros could and could not go, and even offered food to Griffin. The few days under Williams lead showed a very different life for black them must White were lead to believe.
The most horrid injustices Griffin faced during his short time of being...