“That blackness on your face it will come off, won’t it? You wipe that blackness off, and they’ll treat you like a man. We black, in a white man’s country, it ain’t nothing we can do about it. If you don’t understand that you don’t understand nothing.”
John Marriott in Black like me (1964)*
* This movie, Black like me, was based on a true story about a white man who changed the color of his skin with drugs to write about how difficult the lives of blacks were in the Southern United States. While the leading actor, James Whitmore, plays the “black” reporter, the makeup isn’t too convincing. Is the movie guilty of cultural appropriation?