Same Kind of Different as Me is a book published in 2006 and written by two men: Denver Moore, a former sharecropper turned homeless man, and Ron Hall, a wealthy art dealer. The book concerns their reluctant meeting through Ron's wife, who volunteers at a homeless shelter. In a way, it could be seen playing both White Man's Burden and Magical Negro,note but the reality is that it's also about their wildly different backgrounds and they both learn from each other. A film was released in 2017 by Paramount and Pure Flix Entertainment.
This book provides examples of:
- The Alcatraz: Angola
- Camp Gay: Mr. Barney Goldberg, full stop!
- Even Evil Has Standards: Denver can't bring himself to shoot someone who came on the wrong day of work when he commits armed robbery in Shreveport.
- Everything Is Big in Texas: The main story is set in Fort Worth, Texas.
- Good Angel, Bad Angel: Ron's conflicting beliefs about Denver going to Colorado with his daughter's possessions, alone.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Denver when he's in the hellish Louisiana State Penitentiary.
- The Man: Denver's story involves The Man, for whom he has to work as a sharecropper.
- Mission from God: Deborah feels compelled to "save" Denver.
- Noble Bigot: Ron's grandfather treats the African-American workers fairly for his day, though it's still much worse than what the white workers received overall.
- N-Word Privileges: Denver's got 'em.
- Pet the Dog: The Man has his moments, and Ron later reflects on them.
- Scary Black Man: Denver after years of homelessness and prison.
- Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: Mr. Ballantine, whose temperament is not played for laughs.
- Stacked Characters Poster: The poster for the film adaptation has the four main characters stacked upon another.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Deborah.
- Witch Doctor: Denver's Auntie.