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Free Study Guide-Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin-Free Booknotes
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JUNE 19

Summary

The author receives 6,000 letters of which only 9 are abusive. Of the favorable letters, many in fact are from Southern whites. This convinces Griffin that the standard white of the Southern states is tolerant towards the blacks but is afraid to show this openness in attitude in front of his racist acquaintances. Griffin receives a copy of Justice Bokís speech on racial segregation, from him (Justice Bok). That evening as the author returns to his office, he once again gets a glimpse of the hostility that his townspeople have towards him.


Notes

This part of the diary explains why thousands of people, including many Southern whites, support the author. They confide how they are actually more afraid of their fellow white racists than the Negro. Only in the authorís own hometown, the local people do not forgive or forget. They still glare at Griffin with disapproval, stare hard with animosity or simply look away grimly.

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