Study Guide

Black Like Me Chapter 39

By John Howard Griffin

Chapter 39

August 17, 1960

  • We guess that Griffin is braver than his neighbors, because no one came for him.
  • He hires a young black kid to help him clean up his parents' house and they start talking about why white people hate black people and call them "n*****s."
  • The conversation makes Griffin realize that the lack of communication between black people and white people only causes more problems.
  • He is worried that black people will turn to violence while trying to fight against racism. And if that happens, well, we can't say he didn't warn them.