Black Men in Public Page: 2 In Brent Staples’ short story “Black Men and Public Space”, he paints a picture for the readers of the early years of black men in an urban environment. He identified that people often stereotype one another because of their skin color, their race, their gender, their culture or their appearance. Furthermore, it is expressed to us, the reader, that he, the author, pays close attention to the space between himself and others in public settings, for example; women on the sidewalk. Some people may disagree that women distance themselves a certain amount when walking by a black man on the sidewalk. This often distracts from larger issues in our culture,
The women’s racism caused her reaction of “running in earnest,” “worried glances” and her eventual getaway, exemplifying the prejudice of a black male. He further demonstrates his “ability to alter public space” when just crossing “in front of a car stopped at a traffic light.” He hears the “thunk” of the driver locking their car regardless of them being “black, white, male, or female.” Staples understands the world is dangerous and people have the right to fear those around them, however, he continues to endure discrimination. But I am the person making those judgements.
Crash is a movie released in 2004. The movie deals with racial stereotyping and different incidents with different people. In the plot there is a black detective that is estranged from his mother and has a brother that is a criminal that also has a side kick that he works with. A white couple, the father is an attorney and the wife has a tendency to stereotype people. Two police officers and one of them is a racist and harassed an African American couple, that are in the show business.
The fact that there were cars kind confused me because we were freshmen and just starting out to drive, some of us didn't even have cars. I just kinda pushed it off to the back of my mind. As we walked down the street I could hear the music, I had watched enough COPS to know what was gonna happen. I just kept telling myself that if I left everyone would think I was a wimp, so I kept going. We got inside and I could immediately smell all the vape smoke and alcohol.
Racial profiling can be isolated into two implications, hard profiling and delicate profiling. An example of hard profiling would be the time when an officer sees a dark individual and without additional to go on, pulls him over for a hunt on the likelihood that he may conveying medications or weapons. Racial profiling would a case like when the state police get a tip off that a particular nationality is trafficking drugs down a specific expressway and get a kick out of the chance to drive a specific sort of vehicle, and from this insight the trooper pulls over a man coordinating this
We all have those feelings of fear at some point or another. In the essay “Just Walk on By” written by Brent Staples we see a good perspective of fear when he ends up in a few situations where he feels his life could be at stake. Staples should have been fearful at this time in his life because of the stories he sees of black men being mistaken and dragged from their cars and, the way he sees people react to him as he walks down the street being a black man himself. This sense of fear could possibly affect his American Dream. Staples is fearful because he is a black male in the late seventies and early eighties where people looked at them differently as if they were bad people, even though staples is as any other american working towards his dream.
Staples explains that the woman's quick getaway when she saw him on a street at night following him, made him feel like "an accomplice in tyranny" that was "indistinguishable from the muggers. " Although he said a person who doesn't even know how to use a knife how can he harm anyone? How he is thrown out of his own office just because guard assumes him as a burglar. He later explains how he portraits himself less threatening by taking measure precautions like the whistles around the people just to show positive ethos and to make people comfortable around
The road looks wet and people are wearing rain coats and ponchos to probably protect themselves from the rain. People could be leaving town because a bad storm is coming. There seems to be a lot more men in the streets and in the cars than there are women. Most of the cars and people walking in the streets seem to all be going in the same direction. There are some cars at the front of the road that are going the opposite direction of the other cars, possibly because they were abandoned.
It was safe to call this place a cesspool, but that didn 't stop anyone from spending their booze filled nights in the place. There was already a multitude of police cars taking up space on the block when Bryce arrived. Most of them had their siren lights on and it clashed with the various lights of
According to one of the passengers stepfather they were stopped because they were racially profiled, according to the officer it was a legitimate traffic stop due to failure to use a turn signal (Schott). According to the Richard G. Schott: The highway traffic practices of New Jersey and Maryland State Police troopers have been called
Staples expresses “At dark, shadowy intersections in Chicago, I could cross in front of a car stopped at a traffic light and elicit the thunk, thunk, thunk of the driver- black, white, male, or female- hammering down the door locks”(1). Quotes like this one reiterates the emotion of fear people tend to feel and experience when they are near a black male. By using such emotional language, Brent Staples connected with the readers and made them more likely to agree with him. He even starts off the article by emitting the illusion that he himself is the murder or burglar following behind the footsteps of a young woman who is sprinting away from him in fear of the unknown. In the beginning paragraphs he purposely uses the word “victim” to draw in the reader, and make them believe something might happen to the young woman, when in fact the author is considered the victim.
In his article, “Black Men and Public Space,” Brent Staples writes about his encounters with people during his nighttime walks in and around the city streets of Chicago and New York. He argues that, as a result of crimes committed by criminals of African American descent, people tend to quickly avoid him because they assume that he will likely mug them because of the color of his skin. Nevertheless, on the subject as to whether this article is an appropriate and good example of the reaction of others, it is quite obvious that this is a good example of the reaction of others, given how Brent Staples spent much of his time working in the city as a journalist, and that crime rates are high in inner city areas. However, despite the fact that this
The U.S. has been influenced by different cultures, trends, and movements. For instance, protest movements and hip hop have been used by African Americans as an avenue to tackle social injustices and other issues. South central L.A. chief rapper of the group N.W.A (Nig*** with Attitude), Ice Cube, seems to have firsthand experience about the hardships of the ghettos. According to the rapper, if one sits calmly at night, he or she is more likely to hear nothing but gunfire, which he has heard so much in his neighborhood (1). At night helicopters are always flying with their spotlight on, looking for someone.
In Just Walk on By: Black Men and Public Space, the narrator has experienced seeing other people 's fear when they walk near him. I believe that the following quote of the passage gives insight into how he and strangers feel about him. “And I soon gathered that being perceived as dangerous is a hazard in itself. I only needed to turn a corner into a dicey situation, or crowd some frightened,