Book takes reader into the world of racism, up close

By Hannah Wallace

The book “Black Like Me” by John Howard Griffin, is an educational and interesting read.

This book is about a white man who takes pigment pills, in 1959, to change the color of his skin from white to black so he can experience the trials and challenges of an African American — for six weeks.

Griffin walked the same streets of New Orleans as he did when he was white, but noticed that he was treated differently, by both races.

Griffin found that the whites disliked him for the color of his skin, not for the type of person he was.

He then made a trip to Mississippi to experience racism at its peak.

He wrote down all of his trials and victories in a journal to document the true story of how blacks are treated in the U.S.

The experience produced a revealing book.

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