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Black Like Me Farewell To Manzanar Through all the trials that people have been put through throughout the years somehow people seem to forgive and forget How can anyone be so willing to let things go when they have done nothing wrong to deserve it The lives of two people who so willingly forgave those who had done them wrong showed many virtues of perseverance tolerance and respect Jeanne W Houston in her book Farewell to Manzanar and John Griffin in his book Black Like Me both demonstrate qualities that would if revealed among all people benefit the world and all of mankind Through thick and thin both Jeanne and John perservere No matter how hard life became Jeanne never allowed it to get to her After her release from Manzanar she always tried to befriend others Even when she was rejected like the time when she wanted to be a part of the Girl Scout Troop She just passively accepted it and moved on Jeanne didnt hold a grudge against others even though she had every right to She saw through it all and knew that in the end she would come out on top for being the better person but she just had to strive to reach that point As with John Griffin whenever he felt like giving up he still stuck with it When he would hitchhike to different places most people just wanted to get into dirty conversations with him They exploited him as if he were some sort of sex feign But just as he was about to give up on society a man without racial prejudice would come along and lift his hopes John stuck with it no matter how hard it got and how often he was denied service for his color He knew that if he just smiled and walked away that everything would end up alright Jeanne and John pushed
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