By Robert Bonazzi
Black Like Me is the tale of writer Griffin ''s adventure of passing as a ''Negro'' within the Deep South in 1 961. Bonazzi appears to be like on the guy and his motivation during this bio -critical learn, which displays at the enduring importance of this contemporary vintage. '
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Yes. . Yes, I will. Don't move. " Griffinsat in a chair. "Triangles of color faded and swirled. Weird designs of floor and wall and ceiling fused. It was like being hit a terrible blow on the head. My system could not bear the shock. Numbness filled me. Dimly I thought of all those sightless people who had for so long been my brothers and sisters. Was I actually leaving their world, to which I had become so accustomed? I prayed for the THE PATH 29 presence of mind never to forget them. . " These were Griffin's first visual and mental impressions a s he recorded them in Scattered Shadows.
He began trotting down a slope toward a trench shelter. The pattern bombing began at the other end of the airstrip, and he saw an incoming bomber a s anti-aircraft guns boomed through the searchlights. "A shell shrieked downward and I threw myself to the ground. " The shell exploded nearby and 16 THEPATH shrapnel sprayed around him. He ran a s fast a s possible toward the trench, listening t o the patterns of explosions as the bombs hurtled in his direction. Then h e felt his body being thrown over the edge into a darkness he would not remember.
Even the senses underwent a change s o profound it filled me with distress. I looked into the mirror and saw reflected nothing of the white John Griffin's past. No, the reflections led back to Africa, back to the shanty and the ghetto, back to the fruitless struggles against the mark of blackness. Suddenly, almost with no mental preparation, no advance REFLECTIONS IN THE MIRROR 43 hint, it became clear and permeated my whole being. My inclination was t o fight against it. I had gone too far. I knew now that there is no such thing as a disguised white man, when the black won't rub off.