JH Griffin was born in Dallas, Texas June 16 1920 . He studied French and literature at the University of Poitiers , as well as medicine, also in France. He spends some time with the Benedictines at the Abbey of Solesmes , where he studied the effects of music on madness.
During the Second World War , it was attached to the service psychiatric hospital in France. Then he took part in the Resistance and then will serve the U.S. Army in the Pacific before returning to Europe just before the end of the war. During a fight, he is hit by shrapnel which blinds him a few months later. He then returned to live with his parents in Texas and studied philosophy , until her marriage in 1952 . But miraculously he finds the view by 1957 . In 1959 , concerned about the condition of blacks in the southern United States, he decided to undergo therapy combined with ultraviolet light to brown skin. He then spent six weeks in the southern United States (in Louisiana , in Mississippi , in Alabama and Georgia ) to account for the racial segregation experienced by blacks every day. It is from this experience he wrote In the Skin of a Black in 1961. He studies a lot of social justice and social relations, political and economic relations between the races.
In 1959 a white man by the name of John Howard Griffin decided to pigment his skin black and then try to experience the world of 'another' in the deep south. As it can be estimated from the tittle of the book itself, there was racial discrimination in the united states that affected the whole black community as a whole. The blacks were degraded and were not given the privileged and rights that they deserved. This book emphasizes and makes us realize the importance of humanity as a whole . It doesn't really matter whether a person is black or white . ”. Somehow or another john howard's book was struck hard by both his courage and the mind numbing reality of racism.Growing up in northern Wisconsin race was not a big part of life. Most everyone was white. As a result our prejudices and there were many) were shared and became our version of normal. There was two black families in town and several handfuls of native Americans. The blacks were considered as second class citizens and were deprived of the basic necessities of life. John who was a man of principles described the cruelity and hard times that the blacks had to go through.
Among the bus drivers had no Negroes and, although some white drivers were polite, too many of them allowed themselves to insults and curses against the blacks. It is quite natural to hear the bus, as they cried out blacks: "Black Cow", "niggers", "black monkey". Often negros pay tolls at the entrance, and ...