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The story Just Walk On By is about a black man named Brent Staples. He explains in his essay how situations can be for a black man to walk the streets at night. He writes that he is a large black male about six foot two. People see his appearance at night and walk away because of his race. In his essay he writes that he can’t walk down the streets without racist looks, worried glances, or unjust treatment because of his looks and race. Staples was an astounding journalist. He was also a student at the University of Chicago. This is where he received a PhD in psychology. Staples looks affected treatment towards him from different races, people, and places. These subjects show me that people in the world really can be opinionated. Staple’s essay was a true inspiration to me. He grew up in rough streets, and lived his earlier ages in ghettos. He has seen death, people sent to jail, and bravado played out in the streets. Yet he did not let any of those things get in his way. He stayed on the path to achieve his goals. Staples even had experiences on the job concerned with his race. He was a journalist and a reporter. There was an incident when he was a reporter. Staples had walked into a jewelry store. As he walked in the store the female worker got nervous. She grabbed a Pincher Doberman. Staples was only there for a news story. The female worker had gotten nervous and thought he was there to rob her for no reason. Brent Staples is a true inspiration to any black man in the same situation or facing the same problems. Staples is truly empowered.
This essay is titled College Pressures. It is written William Zinsser. This essay is about the average stress of a college student. Zinsser’s essay goes into a deep explanation of college life, or grades, college expenses, careers, and the overall experience of college. Zinsser speaks very genuinely on these subjects. He tells how students…
n a society as culturally diverse as the one we live in, you would think that people would learn to be more accepting of others. Nevertheless, there are still those who simply cannot. In his essay Black Men and Public Space, Brent Staples describes something that most young black men experience on more than one occasion in their lives. Being perceived as a criminal simply based on his “unwieldy inheritance”, the color of their skin.
Staples recalls his experience as a 22-year-old graduate student away from home for the first time. His first “victim”, as he puts it, was a young white woman who practically runs down the street when she sees him walking down the same street behind her. It is ..threatened is carrying a weapon. And these days when there are more and more police shootings of unarmed men it is especially scary. He explains, “Where fear and weapons meet- and they often do in urban America- there is always the possibility of death.”.
Instead of becoming angry and resentful towards those who fear him, he has taken certain measures to make himself seem less threatening to others. He makes sure that he has left a safe distance from others when he is on the subway and on the street. If he is about to enter the same building with someone who looks a little nervous he lets them clear the.threatened is carrying a weapon. And these days when there are more and more police shootings of unarmed men it is especially scary. He explains, “Where fear and weapons meet- and they often do in urban America- there is always the possibility of death.”.
Instead of becoming angry and resentful towards those who fear him, he has taken certain measures to make himself seem less threatening to others. He makes sure that he has left a safe distance from others when he is on the subway and on the street. If he is about to enter the same building with someone who looks a little nervous he lets them clear the .threatened is carrying a weapon. And these days when there are more…
While surfing the web, I found out some very informative information about the life of Brent Staples. Brent Staples was an intelligent man, not just an ordinary man from Chester, Pennsylvania. He earned various degrees as different universities and colleges like a BA from Widener University in 1973, and a PhD from the University of Chicago in 1977. He was a professor of psychology at various universities in the states. Writing is one of Staples’ specialties and he has been a reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times and the New York Times. He writes editorials about culture and politics. Staples also put efforts into other things such as; periodicals, including Literary Cavalcade, Columbia Journalism Review, and the Los Angeles Times. “Among his frequent topics are race relations, the effects of the media, and the state of education. His memoir Parallel Time: Growing Up in Black and White (1994) won the Anisfield-Wolff Book Award in 1995. “Just Walk On By: A Black Man Ponders His Power to Alter Public Space” takes a look at the effect some of his nighttime walks have had on people. This essay was first published as “Black Men and Public Space” in 1986 in Ms. Magazine.”
Knowing that Staples has had such experience in writing, and has lived in the states since 1951 when racism was a prominent issue, I understand how important his story is. I never really realized how well written his article was until now actually. Knowing all of the stuff about Staples, makes me feel like this piece of writing isn’t just some ‘sob story’ (not really what I wanted to call it but I couldn’t think of anything else) written by a man yearning for attention, but it is written by a man of experience in both life and journalistic writing. It makes the story more believable in a way I guess.
I found out that this article was originally published in Ms. Magazine in 1986 under the title “Black Men and Public Space.” Staples says, “I’m writing about universal themes–family and leaving home and…
“Black Men and Public Spaces” by Brent Staples
In the informative essay “Black Men and Public Spaces”, Brent Staples describes his own experience growing up black in a racist society and discusses the interaction that take place with people. “The ability to alter public space in an ugly way”(302), through racial stereotypes affected him and many others. Stereotypes affect individuals regardless of race, sex, or religion.
Author Brent Staples states he has been racially profiled on several occasions and has been falsely assumed to be a threat to the safety of others around him based on race. By specific stories, Staples explains his thesis through out the essay with narratives of incidents in urban America during the 1970’s and 1980’s. Staples first victim was a white woman in an impoverished section of Chicago. In New York, women feared him because their purse straps were strung across their chest during nighttime walks. Another time in Chicago, he is mistaken as a burglar at his place of employment as a journalist with a rushed deadline story in hand. Stables talked about people fearing him, especially white females, and confusing him as a mugger in the surrounding ghetto. He implies that whites usually picture blacks living in bad neighborhoods and being poor. People tend to connect poverty with criminal activity causing fear when walking alone at night. Staples created an emotional essay because the incidents are written in first person and very effective in stating his case that he has been racially profiled. He allowed first hand understanding of what it was like in a specific situation and what he felt. The essay would be lacking without them. An example would be when he wrote “To her, the black
youngish black man- a broad six feet two inches with a beard and billowing hair, both hands shoved into the pockets of a bulky military jacket- seemed menacingly close”(302). Staples describe this…
Black Men And Public Space
In the essay “Black Men And Public Space,” by Brent Staples, he argues that he
has been racially stereotyped, and has been falsely assumed to be a threat to the safety of
those around him. In this essay I will start by showing examples of how he is stereotyped,
why he is stereotyped, what he goes through as being stereotyped, and how your image
can affect you being stereotyped.
Staples provides many examples of how people are stereotyped in everyday life,
and a threat to others. He uses examples of a woman as his first victim in Chicago who
was terrified by him, by misjudging him as a robber or a murderer. Staples writes, “To her
the youngest black man a broad six feet two inches with a bears and billowing hair , both
hands shoved into the pockets of a bulky military jacket-seemed menacingly
Close. (Staples 154). The women who was walking down the street, well dressed, saw
someone who was African-American and got scared, and immediately started running
across the street. The woman saw him as a threatening person and perceived him as very
a society as culturally diverse as the one we live in, you would think that people would learn to be more accepting of others. Nevertheless, there are still those who simply cannot. In his essay Black Men and Public Space, Brent Staples describes something that most young black men experience on more than one occasion in their lives. Being perceived as a criminal simply based on his “unwieldy inheritance”, the color of their skin.
Staples recalls his experience as a 22-year-old graduate student away from home for the first time. His first “victim”, as he puts it, was a young white woman who practically runs down the street when she sees him walking down the same street behind her. It is …
For many years, the United State is known as the melting pot. In this degree, America embraces a plenty of different ethnic groups and cultures and stirred them all together. However, despite new immigrant groups assimilation, thier ethnicity identity maintains. For that unique ethinic identity, sometimes they suffer from socailly established stereotypes and prejudice. Because no matter how well you adapt yourself to the American society, your visual apperance indicates your own ethinicity. Here are some examples of ethnic stereotypes. I am korean, and many people assume that I must perform very well in mathmatics. Therefore, people expect me to solve hard math subjects in a breeze and I often get humiliated when I struggle with a mathematic problem. Also, many people presume Jewish are stingy. I believe there are many other ethical stereotypes that I do not recall.
The largest ethinic groups in the United States are African-Americans and Hispanics. Despite their long history in America, they often refer to a minority group. Here minority is not simply a numerical distiction. It refers to who frequently get disadvantages as compared with the dominant group, the Americans. Here are two great essays about ethinic stereotype. The one is, “The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named Maria,” written by Judith Ortiz Cofer. The other one is, “Just Walk on By: Black Men and Public Space,” written by Brent Staples. Both of writers composed their own experiences of etinic stereotype. I’d like to compare thier pieces’ similarity and difference.
First, I will start with the Cofer, “The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named Maria.” As you can notice by the title, she is a Latin woman who was born in Puerto Rico. Throughout the essay,she makes a claims and assertions about the stereotypes that have been perpetuated about Latina. The essay contains her own experiences that she found it somewhat dispeasure and annoyance. She begins her story with the…