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When comparing my essay situation that I wrote about my dads run in with racism to Staples essay one could say that they are both similar and different In general their situations were similar because both incidents involved some form of racism Staples story and my dads story both took place in the 1980s However I believe these types of racism are still very much alive The difference between Staples situation and my dads was their responses and how they chose to handle their situations My fathers story I felt displayed courage on his part He didnt have to act a certain way change himself or adapt to his environment to fit in He did what he needed to do and did not think twice about it He walked into a diner full of people who stared at him as if he were from another planet Yet he still went about his business and ordered his food while feeling the piercing stares burn through his flesh Although he felt uncomfortable being the only Asian man in sight he ignored the staring faces The differences I found in their situations were that Staples coped with racism by smothering the rage he had to change who he was This can be perceived in different ways You can look at this and think that he was a coward who didnt want to deal with what was in front of him or you can look at this and think that he was a smart person who had courage to find his own ways to cope We may not all agree that Staples way of dealing with things is the correct way however it was the way he chose He taught himself to take precaution by allowing room between people in front of him and himself when walking when he felt that people were uncomfortable he would whistle melodies from Beethoven Vivaldi and other classical composers Instead of dealing with
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