Black Like Me Analysis

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Black Like Me's Relevance in Modern Day A white man, who changed the pigment of his skin to black, traveled to the Deep South during the most explosive time in the civil rights movement. He wanted to experience, first hand, what it felt like to be discriminated against based on the color of his skin. I believe the memoir, Black Like Me is relevant to current events because there are distinct parallels in today's society. John Howard Griffin discovered the disparity among African Americans and white people; this treatment resembles the LGBT community's struggles. Just like the controversial civil rights movement in the 60s, the LGBT social movement today has similar struggles in acceptance. Some people might say civil rights and the LGBT…show more content…
People of different sexual orientation and different race experience harsh judgment because of their outward complexion. LGBT people are discriminated against in the work place, because federal laws currently only prohibit employers from discriminating based on race, gender, age, and medical conditions.() During Griffin's journey he experienced "gentleness when they [the white employers] informed me they could not use my services" (Griffin)38. He was let down every time because of his skin color(race???) Other forms of hostility include hate crimes. Out of 5,992 hate crimes committed in 2013, 20 percent of the crimes were for sexual orientation or gender identity(). During the civil rights movement many hate crimes were committed against people of the African American race. One of the well know hate groups that committed many of these crimes was the Ku Klux Klan. A general group of people that disagree with the LBGT movement, are religious groups. During the civil rights movement and the LGBT social movement the people who loath the cause are often ignorant because of their lack of
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