Neil Bissoondath Similarities

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The Differences and Similarities of Articles Written by Neil Bissoondath and Brent Staples Written on Racism Racism – it is a term that a majority of people know of, yet it is possibly the most abused. Nowadays, people use the term “racist” lightly and out of context. No one ever thinks about the actual meaning of racism or how easily they give themselves power to degrade others. Neil Bissoondath and Brent Staples have written articles on racism. Both pieces have similarities and differences. The pieces are similar in the causes of racism but different in the examples and solutions to racism. There is no exact cause of racism. Many people have different opinions on racism. Bissoondath and Staples have similar perspectives on the causes of…show more content…
Bissoondath and Staples provide different examples of racism. Bissoondath provides examples from other people while Staples provides examples of what has happened to him in his life. Bissoondath provides a second hand story of something he witnessed. “I think of the mover, a friendly man, who said, “I’m not racist, but the Chinese are the worst drivers on the road.” He was convinced that this was so because the shape of their eyes, as far as he could surmise, denied them peripheral vision” (Bissoondath 1). People are often judged based on their appearance. For example, some think that people with short legs can’t run that fast or just because someone is not “pretty” or “handsome” enough, then they must not be talented and no one would like them. Judging people by their appearance is not right because if you judge a person by the way they look, then you miss out on getting to know who they really are. Maybe that person would have turned out to be your best friend or significant other. Chances only come once, and if we ignore those chances, we would miss out on a lot in life. One day, as Staples was headed for work; he went to “the office of a magazine I was writing for with a deadline story in hand, I was mistaken for a burglar. The office manager called security and… pursued me through the labyrinthine halls... I had no way of proving who I was. I could only move briskly toward the company of someone who…show more content…
Bissoondath and Staples each have their own ideas on solutions for racism. Bissoondath states that in order to fight racism, people should treat others equally and be careful of the impressions others get from us. Staples implies that if someone has formed a negative impression or stereotype against another individual, that individual should do something to reassure the other person that what they think about them is wrong. “I whistle melodies from Beethoven and Vivaldi and more popular classical composers. Even steely New Yorkers hunching toward nighttime destinations seem to relax, and occasionally they even join in the tune” (Staples 5). If people start to act friendly to avoid others thinking negatively about themselves, no one would be on edge when they encounter people they don’t know. People who are friendly are generally approachable and easy to talk
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