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Brent Staples: Prejudice And Discrimination

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Did you know that 66% of Americans have experienced racial discrimination? In addition into that, data shows 69 percent of African Americans, 63 percent of Hispanics, and 51 percent of Native Americans are involved. More than half of these incidents alone are based before thought. Some people agree, certain races can appear scarier than others. For Example, Brent Staples, from his experiences, shows that people thought he was dangerous by instances like walking down the street. “After a few more quick glimpses, she pick up her pace and was soon running in earnest”(1).In this instance, Brent Staples was only 22 years old and not yet a famous or completely full-time journalist. These events literally…show more content…
Gyasi Ross gives examples like a plane incident where a white woman lied to him, so he would not sit in a seat next to her. “Yes, I’m waiting for a friend. She’s supposed to be boarding” (2). The issue that followed could be clearly be called “desperation discrimination.” Ross indicates that the woman grabbed the last women on board to beg her to sit there. According to Ross, the woman boarding had no interest in the discussion and left. Then, she told her husband about Gyasi and he said shut his mouth, this brought the pilot out and he blamed Ross for the whole…show more content…
Gyasi Ross happens to be a person who doesn’t always live there, but also roams around .In the plane, it didn’t seem he did anything wrong. Southwest gives out tickets completely randomly, and it happen to be he had to sit next to person who was discriminatory against Native Americans. Possibly because he was told he was a “Big Brown man” and shouldn’t be so scary, because people like this are bad, a concept he learned as a kid. In this case he might have been “too scary” and it was evident, he was discriminated against. In this case, Ross could have just asked why she didn’t want him sitting there. An explanation can be the solution to a problem. Things like, Why? Or How come? Can force the truth out of the other person. Latina Women’s occupations should be given second thoughts. Points out Judith Cofer, whose role is an essayist among other things, who was taken as a waitress at her first public poetry reading. She was holding a notebook. Then, a woman motioned her over, Cofer who was excited went there only to hear, “She ordered a cup of coffee from me, assuming I was the waitress” (374).According to Cofer, it looked like a misunderstanding indicating with the notebook in her hand could have been a
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