Study Guide

Black Like Me Chapter 14

By John Howard Griffin

Chapter 14

November 21, 1959

  • Two days later, and Griffin is spending three days in Mobile. What did he do? Walk around looking for jobs. And how many jobs did he find? Zero.
  • One guy actually outright tells him that the white people at his job are orchestrating a plan to drive out all the black people from their company and from all of Alabama. That amount of straight up racism is shocking.
  • This isn't Griffin's first time in Mobile. He's been here before as a white guy, preparing to ride on a fancy ship all the way to France.
  • Back then he thought that southern white people were kind and wise, and black people did terrible jobs because those were the only ones they could do. Now, as a black man, he sees that's not the case.