An effigy of Griffin, painted half white and half black, is burned on Main Street; a cross is burned in a Negro schoolyard; threats are made against Griffin, including one to castrate him.
By August, things are so bad that he has decided to move his family to Mexico.
John Howard Griffin, the author and main character of Black Like Me, is a middle-aged white man living in Mansfield, Texas in 1959.
Deeply committed to the cause of racial justice and frustrated by his inability as a white man to understand the black experience, Griffin decides to take a radical step: he decides to undergo medical treatment to change the color of his skin and temporarily become a black man.
In general, Griffin finds that conditions for blacks are appalling, and that black communities seem run-down and defeated.
He even notices a look of defeat and hopelessness on his own face, after only a few weeks as a black man.
In the social point of view, it represents community standings, dignity, confidence or something people have never imagined.
In the story Black Like Me, by John Howard Griffin, a white Southern reporter, who is the author and the main character, experienced an unforgettable journey in the Deep South. Griffin has a heart, which is filled with curiosity; he therefore undertook a significant project.
In Montgomery, however, the black community is charged with determination and energy by the example of one of its leaders, a preacher named Marin Luther King, Jr.
Blacks in Montgomery have begun practicing passive resistance, a nonviolent form of refusing to comply with racist laws and rules.