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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 1985

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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Griffn Rcunsr SUBSCRIBE
Reconts {F ~heT THE:
Negro Experience I. A .~ x:MCIGN ce pns

AUE SEVEN
ESA S HERE
cycle of International Prestige

By JOYCE WINSLOW he gave of his experience as a
Negro are all too familiar.
"To know what ii is to be a "I'd call over the telephone in
Negro in the South, you have to response to ads for jobs," Grif-
wake up in his skin," said author fin said, and employers would tell
John Howard Griffin to a more me to come in for an interview.
than full house in Rackham last When I went to their offices, it
night. was always immediately clear to
"I wanted to know, so I under- me that I had no chance at the
went medical pigmentation that job because I was a Negro. One
would not wash or wear off. I employer even accused me of
travelled extensively in the South 'talking white' over the telephone
as a Negro, but maintained the to fool him."
same identity I had had as a "Too many doors closed in my
white." face," Griffin continued. "Too'
Same Only Darker many employers said 'no.' Too
In other words, Griffin was the many hotels couldn't accommo-
same man, only darker. His pur- date me. Finally I learned. You
pose was to discover for himself just stop knocking on doors. The
whether a Negro was judged by real reason why Negroes don't
white southerners on his own per- knock on doors today is not apa-
sonal attributes, or discriminated thy. It is the people behind those
against simply because of his doors."
coloring. Hitler ard Racism
"I did not think I would. pass Griffin compared racism in the
as a Negro for two reasons,' South today to Hitler's Germany.
Griffin said. "First of all, I do "Racism follows the same pat-
not have the bone structure or tern regardless of.who the vic-
eye color of a Negro. Secondly, Itim might be," griffin explained.
did not know how to 'speak 'Ne-! "While it de-humanizes its scope-
gro.' I thought that I had to goat, its most tragic victim is the
sound like I was reading 'Uncle oppressor. But how'can you indict
Remus.' a whole people? Some lead, others
Whites' Illusions follow, others allow it to happen
"Both of these reasons are illu- through apathy. In Germany, as
sions we whites suffer under," in Mississippi, the good people re-
Griffin said. "I wasn't in the Ne- mained silent too long."

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SQUIBB GIVES OIL PAINTING-
An original oil painting of the West Medical School Bldg. was presented yesterday to Dr. William
N. Hubbard, Jr., dean of the medical school. The painting, done by Hughie Lee-Smith, Is one in a
series called the "Collegia Medica Squibb." The old medical building was chosen because of the warm
significance it represents to all the medical students of the last fifty-five years who have received
at least part of their training in the building, Hubbard explained. This project, sponsored by the
Squibb company during the Bicentennial of Medical Education in America, is the beginning of a
long-range plan of the pharmaceutical firm to create a collection of fine oil paintings of all Ameri- .
can medical colleges. Squibb said this program is an indication of the new willingness to cooperate
and work together observed between the pharmaceutical industry and the medical profession.

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gro community one lour- before I'
realized that there are very fewf
pure Negro types.' I saw Negroes
with all types of bone structure,
different degrees of pigmentation
and with blue eyes.
"I also realized that there are
all kinds of speech patterns in the
Negro community.
Griffin blames these stereotyp-;
ed illusions on the lack of com-
munication between the white and
Negro communities. He also blam-
ed his personal lack of informa-
tion on his childhood. He was rais-
ed in the antebellum tradition by
Georgian parents.
-Stereotype Examples
Although Griffin would have us
abandon stereotype, the examples
--

Man's Inhumanity
Griffin shakes his head in be-
wilderment at man's inhumanity
to man. "I have been in too many
rooms full of human tragedy," he
said. "I was in a room in Mis-
sissippi where a Negro mother sat
holding the autopsy of her son
chain-whipped to death. I was in
a room where a mother sat cry-
ing, saying that her son had so
many bulet-holes in his head she
couldn't count them. And outside,
for one city block in any direction,
men were quibbling, rationalizing,
not knowing or caring about the
tragedy in those rooms."
"Apathy is a personal sin,"
Griffin said. "All of us must think
and act."

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