He first introduces the story more than ten years ago in Chicago, and then mentions other experiences as he moves to New York for his job. A petty crime like that gets a black male at least 10 years in prison. The presence of black men is the harbinger of black stereotypes and severe racial discrimination. It is a fear that lies within the public and it is now latching onto police officers. I have five sisters, and they never go out at night simply because they are afraid of running into a man who might be able to hurt them. The black smoke suggested that grease, joint insulation, and rubber O-rings were being burned. Brent Staples was viewed as the victim during this time.
Histone and diction throughout the work is also interesting, as he does not seem angry about how heis being treated. Most people grow up with such a perception and feel it be true. People will often do everything possible to avoid a black person, be it walk on the other side of the street or cross a street at a different area. His essay reveals how the presence of black men represents the stereotypical misconception that the public has about them even up to this day. In relation to Black Men and Public Space, many black males could relate through several public places.
This because of the stereotype black men suffer of being rapist or a thief. They emphasis the effects that determine how a person thinks and acts based on a stereotype about African Americans. I've felt this type of anxiety when walking alone at night, or when I am running alone on a trail. We are witness of such atrocities and occurrences in urban America and it should not fall down this way. Staples most likely chose to publish this article in Ms. Staples talk about how people stereotype black men as a violent and dangerous individuals because of their appearance and the color of their skin.
He first introduces the story more than ten years ago in Chicago, and then mentions other experiences as he moves to New York for his job. Staples or even across the street away from him. He utilizes the irony in his text to illustrate the injustice of what seems to be and what it should be regarding the treatment to black men. This also makes for a much more flowing and sinuous piece, but still attests to the argument that throughout his life, Staples has been racially profiled and in a way, misconceived. Also, by writing the entire essay in an ironic manner, Staples is able to create an essay that has meaning and rationale far beyond the words themselves. Due to the stigma that black men are all thieves, robbers , and criminals, they are more likely to be targeted by the police. He starts off by describing the first event he encountered.
It gives them a reference point to start at and an ending point to compare to. The woman saw him as a threatening person and perceived him as very dangerous. So I had a personal attachment to it. He wraps all of this in a controlled manner, a use of pathos, which he explains originates from his numerous encounters with such prejudiced events over the past few years, thereby creating an eruption of empathy from the reader, and thus a better development of the ideas present in the writing. Brent Staples is an African-American male in the United States of America. The general purpose of Staples essay was to inform the readers that stereotypes could affect African Americans and any other races.
These are outrageous sightings from the same agents that should be protecting their community. I chose, perhaps unconsciously, to remain a shadow-timid, but a survivor. The issue Staples is demonstrating is that people should not judge others based on preconception of a certain race, and that the black man was evidently the victim of discrimination instead of the convict. Never once in trouble with the law, was wrongfully accused of murder. Due to his skin complexity, he is not treated fairly and always being discriminated against. In conclusion, Staples implies his desire for all individuals to not judge someone based on appearances, and how these racial stereotypes affect victims.
Staples successfully begins by not only admitting the possible faults in his practiced race but also by understanding the perspective of the one who fear them. This article shows the injustices done to him while living in New York. As humans, we tend to evaluate and criticize everything we come in contact with, especially, we evaluate other people and we try to gain deep understanding of them. The first words from his essay characterize the author as a potential criminal. In the late 1940's, racial prejudice began a presumably unending journey, winding through decade after decade, usually lessening, though never completely disappearing. Tyrone was minding his business walking to his local bodega, when this innocent lady was robbed and stabbed to death right in front of him.
He goes on to say that he now takes precautions to avoid situations he has experienced. Many people have before been convinced… colored people. Able to make others behave differently based on his appearance. The Declaration of Independence, on the other hand, is the founding document of the traditions of the politics of the United States Lucas. Brent Staples explains in his essay that the presence of black people in public spaces frightened white people because white people could not see the differences between a black person from a mugger or a thug. He decided to change his appearance so others would not be frightened by his skin color.
That beginning paragraph where he wrote from the perspective of a hunter, to his experiences as a black man, to the methods he utilizes to stay out of danger. Black men are violent and muggers largely because people perceive them to be so. He mentions two extreme situations in which he is mistaken for a burglar and tells the story of a journalist mistaken for the killer he was reporting on. Fear of the black man, while lacking understanding. Staples lays out with today's given society perhaps there is reason why these women would walk away from Mr. Such episodes are not uncommon. While policing is often routine it is also characterized by high stress, danger, violence, and hypervigilance Larned, 2010.