I agree that it is sad for a white spokesman to be “necessary.” My point, though, is that all the other books I read back then by Black authors did move me deeply, and I felt pain and outrage at their mistreatment and struggles. I felt this on a gut human level. My spirit was moved, and they are why I stay involved in the struggle. However, as a young white girl who had never met a Black person, Griffith’s book spoke to my whiteness, and made me viscerally understand my own prejudices and privilege. Him being the spokesman wasn’t necessary, but it was valuable. I wish I could explain my experience of it better. I believe if we could discuss this in person we might make a real breakthrough in communication between ethnicities.

I guess it’s hard for me to call it blackface, since when I have seen blackface it has been malicious. But I can see the blackface reference, and am glad to hear you include your own participation in the hard line.

Psychotherapist, Hypnotherapist. Leans Left. Mindfulness practioner before it was cool. M.Ed., LPC. Carolsantafe93@gmail.com.

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