Wise warriors are sympathetic with those who are victimized and oppressed. Wise warriors do not minimize, or invalidate the past and present pain of another. Author John Howard Griffin made a huge impact by risking his safety in the late 50’s to go undercover as a black man. He chronicled his entire experience in his book “Black Like Me”. I highly recommend this book it is fascinating, disturbing, and enlightening. I am very thankful to Mr. Griffin for his bravery. With multiple groups still in existence that hate black people, I’d say we have a long way to go.
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.