Black Men And Public Space By Maya Angelou Analysis

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Have you ever been affected by race in your life? Prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one's own race is superior is an outcome of racism. Racism is a big conflict in today’s society and effect many lives. In the two stories “Champion of the Word” by Maya Angelou and “Black Men and Public Space” by Brent Staples , race was the big social view being discussed. Racist ideology can become manifest in many aspects of social life. In “Champion of the World” Angelou describes play by plays of the fight and the confidence among the crowd of listeners. “I ain’t worried bout this fight. Joe’s gonna whip that cracker like it’s open season.” Joe Louis represents every African American at the time and Angelou compares his victory to their race overcoming all the horrible things that have happened to them, but then the fight changes and Louis is pinned against the ropes. The confidence of the crowd disappears. It seems as though Louis is going to lose the …show more content…

He wrote this piece to express his important opinion about the effect of racism and how he’s viewed as a man of color. He talks about his first encounter of racism when he was young man in college and was assumed to be a mugger or killer just because of skin. “It was in echo of that terrified woman’s footfalls that I first began to know the unwieldy inheritance I’d come into the ability to alter public space in ugly ways.” I feel that the author is trying to connect to his vast audience of people who don’t understand what it is like to a black man in society. Later he contemplated that he rejected or shunned by the white race collectively as a dangerous man. “After a few more quick glimpses, she picked up her pace and was soon running in

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