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Analysis Of Just Walk On By Black Men And Public Space By Brent Staples

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How would one feel if he were discriminated against only because the context in which he was in makes it “reasonable” to do so? Some may say that our lives revolve around our own judgements and therefore it is necessary to take every possible precaution to ensure our own safeties. However, such action would often result in preconceived opinion and discriminations against races. For this reason, “objectively reasonable fear” is not justified. In many cases, objectively fear is not based on the overall situation but rather on a specific race. This can be seen In “Just Walk on By: Black Men and Public Space” by Brent staples. One of the anecdotes presented talks about the author’s experience with discrimination in a magazine company. Close to the deadline, Staples rushed through the office, only to be stopped by the security for trespassing. The workers at the office had limited knowledge of this random man walking in the building. They could have asked him personally about his intention but instead, they took him as a burglar and called the security. This happened because in the early 1980s, African Americans were presented with little to no integrity. When the workers saw Staples, they most likely associated him with a recent felony committed by another black male even though he had nothing to do with it. …show more content…

Police officers would often have to make quick and objective judgements to minimize casualties and losses. In 2015, more than a thousand young black men were killed by the U.S. police force--11 of which were unarmed(alternet.org). The flaw with the system is how limited the word “reasonable” means as it is always the one(police) who has power that defines the word. In most academy, police goes through trainings with regards to handling those dilemmas, but the final decision would always lies among the officer’s experiences and/or knowledges with similar cases, showing evidence of

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