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Life on the Color Line: The True Story of a White Boy Who Discovered He Was Black Paperback – February 1, 1996
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In Muncie, Indiana, they were to discover that their father, rather than being Italian, was bi-racial, born of the union of a Black woman and a White father. In those times, however, you were considered to be either White or Black. So in Indiana, he was Black, even though, ironically, in the South he had passed for White. Now, his children, Greg and Mike, were to learn that, notwithstanding their appearance, they were considered to be Black, and forced to live in a segregated world on the wrong side of the race and color divide. They quickly learned what it was to be considered second class citizens. This was the nineteen fifties, during the heyday of the Klu Klux Klan, and well before the Civil Rights Movement had taken hold, so feelings ran very high on issues of race and color.
Looking as if they were White but considered to be Black, the boys found themselves in a limbo of sorts, rejected by both Whites and Blacks.Read more ›
Greg started growing up as a young white boy in Virginia. His life was pretty normal for him and his "white" family at that time. His father successfully passed as white, even though he had black blood running through his veins. He had a couple of successful business ventures, the most notable of which was a booming cafe/diner, which of course adherred to the laws of segregation. Greg's mother was white in the true sense of the term, and she seemed to care for her children deeply as any mother should.
Everything was perfect for Greg and his family until misfortune hits and the veil is pulled off the charade of his father's false life. In a poetic justice type of moment the father's life in Virginia is devastated and shaken literally back to his roots. It looks initially like Greg and his brother Mike will stay with their mother in Virginia, but they have to tag along with their father back to Indiana where all 3 of their lives are changed forever.
Back in Muncie, Indiana, the book almost splits into 3 separate interesting stories: Greg's life, his brother Mike's life, and the father's. Their struggles bring a new meaning to tough times.Read more ›
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This is an interesting book, as one would expect.
However, instead of "...a white boy who discovered he was black", this should be called, "a white boy who... Read more
I was deeply drawn into this story. It was very insightful as to the difficulty faced by people that do not fit mainstream race/color definitions, especially in respect to... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Joe F.
On my recommendation, a few members of my family have also read and loved this book.
The most inspiring aspect of Williams' story is his triumph over alcoholism, physical and... Read more
An extraordinary book of the lives of two brothers who grew up together in extreme physical and emotional deprivation but became very different people. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Susie
This is a fascinating story, and reasonably well written. It prompted a wonderful discussion at our work place's social justice oriented book club.Published 5 months ago by Bearwife
This was an amazingly profound book, that I truly identified with. Thank you so much for sharing your story with the world Greg.Published 5 months ago