I was thinking, what would be the the best way to celebrate MLK and the civil rights struggle, and I found this old footage from the Oprah Show. A nice young Jewish boy decides he wants to LIVE the black experience. He read a book in high school “Black Like Me” and was ultimately inspired to experience what it means to be “black” in America. This story is from 1995, I wonder, does anyone believe his experiment would have a different outcome in 2012?
I admire his bravery, both emotionally and physcially, to take this personal challenge of racial honesty. Josh’s plan was to be “black” for 28 days, he lasted 7 days. He felt like after 7 days, his personal journey was complete. He now understood what his black friends had been telling him for so many years, it was a white world. As a white male he had never been treated the way he was treated as a black man.
The real kicker is when two black men “turn” white, it was a different reaction when they asked directions and tried to get into office buildings. There was a sense of “white” priveledges that seems to be afforded based soley on skin color.
Is our world different today?