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Brent Staples Black Man And Public Space

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A “Black Man and Public Space,” by Brent Staples was written in 1951 about his experience of being a black man in different public areas. Staples throughout the story makes it a point to emphasize the gender and race of the different people he encounters. He uses the word victim to describe his first encounter which has a very racial and stereotypical feel towards him. The issue Staples has with this is that as a reader I, a Caucasian/Mexican female, relates more to the white woman or the victim. Staples uses a lot of emotion in the narrative pertaining to pathos with his word choice. The emotional connection keeps the reader feeling sympathy for the author, but does not allow the audience to have empathy towards him, or the black male, due to the connection and reliability of the white woman. The empathy comes from his personal experiences, “At dark, shadowy intersections, 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” (Staples). With his personal experiences uses dark and shadowy two words associated with danger or has an eerie connotation to…show more content…
But when a man goes into a black community with a sign that says “All Lives Matter” he is warned to get out of the area so nothing bad happens to him but when he ignore the warning his is later chased and has things thrown at him for simply saying all lives matter not just black people. The problem with this is that they do not want the stereotype that makes people fear them but their actions do not back up their words causing people to still be cautions in the presence of black people much like in essay Stapes wrote and much like the during the Civil Rights
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