Perseverance Expository Essay
“Yes, it’s true! I told him to wash his own darn car. I’m not his slave…” –White Lilacs by Carolyn Meyer. This quote shows the character Henry from White Lilacs standing up for himself. Even though everyone close to him was being pushed around, he still stood up for what he believed in, that he had equal rights to the White residents of Dillon. You shouldn’t just let people push you around and control you in life; you should stand up for what you believe in. Throughout history there have been times where people have been treated unfairly, maybe due to race, religion, or appearance. However, during the Civil War, African Americans everywhere didn’t give up on the rights they thought they deserved. Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of the bus and Martin Luther King Jr. fought peacefully. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that” –Martin Luther King Jr. He knew that fighting fire only ends with someone getting burned. An eye for an eye and the whole world’s blind. They found ways to stand up for themselves when things seemed hopeless. There have been cases however where people have naturally fought back like they wanted to, but remained standing on their feet with dignity and honor. “He left his natural combativeness in the locker room and endured incredible abuse without fighting back.” –Jackie Robinson’s Greatness. Jackie Robinson never stooped to the level of the people who treated him unfairly. Although the goal has been to stand up for yourself, his goal was to play baseball with the Dodgers. He just wanted to play ball, and he couldn’t do that by getting back at them physically, or even with words. So he let his skills on the field speak for themselves. Mawi and his family, characters from the book Beetles and Angles by Mawi Asgedom, moved from Africa to a whole new place with a...
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