Letters - A doctor, not a journalist

Contrary to John A Stotesbury (Letters, 27 January), John Howard Griffin, who disguised himself to experience life on the other side of the racial divide, was not a journalist (although he may have become an amateur one) but a doctor. Moreover, he suffered from diabetes. I used his book widely in the 1960s and 1970s when tutoring Workers' Educational Association courses on American history, particularly on racism, which was beginning to rear its head here from the 1950s onwards.

Elizabeth Whittome
Henfield, West Sussex

This article first appeared in the 03 February 2003 issue of the New Statesman, Terrorism: the price we pay for poverty