He begins by setting the scene on a dark street, empty despite one woman, who he refers to as his “victim.” He notes that she was walking a good distance in front of him and describes the obvious tension between the two, even at such a distance. One can easily picture a single street lamp flickering off in the distance and imagine how it would feel to peer out of their window one night only to see a man, hands in his pockets, trailing a woman down a dark alleyway. In other words, it wouldn’t look good. Staples purposely includes this tactic in order to make make his readers aware of their own thought process. While reading the first paragraph of his work, it is immediately assumed that he has intentions to harm or molest this woman.
He proved it by using ethos, pathos, and logos on his essay he wrote called, “Black Men and Public Space.” Staples who is six feet two inches with a beard approached that several people, especially women, sees him as a mugger, a rapist, or worse. Staples begins his essay with “My first victim…” this shows that Staples sees himself as a threat to others because
In “Identities” by W.D. Valgardson, the author shows through her work how ignorant society has become. Based on the setting, the man was misinterpreted by the police officer. People’s judgments of others lead to irrational circumstances. “When the officer,… who is nervous because of the neighborhood, who is suspicious because of the car and because he is trained to see an unshaven man in blue jeans as a potential thief…”; is made as an example of the everyday individual in society that would automatically judge a person on how they look (6).
Furthermore, Staples uses gloomy diction throughout the writing to create a sense of dread when approaching the subject of black men in public places. He uses terms such as “fearsomeness” and “frightening” in his anecdotes. By doing so, the reader can infer the tough experiences Staples had to endure even though he was an innocent man. The diction creates pity in a reader because it has strong negative connotations. Because the words are being connected to the author’s life, the audience is brought to imagine a “fearsome” and “frightening” world.
This could have been any man, whether he was young, old, African American, or white. Men of all ages and races are equally as likely to be perceived as a threat to women. Some argue that race is the determining factor of whether one is likely to be perceived as a threat. Brent Staples, an African American author, argues this in the essay “Just Walk on By: A Black Man Ponders His Ability to Alter Public Space.” For example, he states that “Women are particularly vulnerable to street violence, and young black males are drastically overrepresented among the perpetrators
Even though I 'm a young Asian guy, my political stance is the same as those black people that is being a minority in this white-norm society. So when I saw the police are constantly overpowered, and their attitude toward black people upsets me very much. The fact that black men have to deal with racial profiling from the police for just being black and male is so ridiculous.
But when it comes to interacting with police officers, “Black Lives Matter”, black lives are in danger during interaction with the police because society treats black people different from other races. People of all races can be a part the Black Lives Matter movement. Many different people have joined the movement because they also see how black people are treated in this society and it’s not fair. The movement is not out to discriminate against other races. Instead, they want to come together to promote equal treatment of all
………………………………………………….. 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,
If he continues to hear about people shooting each other due to a lack of respect, then he will begin to see that as a social norm. Although there are many different reasons for shooting a person, when the code of the streets is presented in rap music repeatedly as the reason, many young black men treat the music as their version of a bible. In religion, the Bible is a guide for a person to live their life by. This rap bible, created by artist’s lyrics, is the reality for many young black men living in inner cities. The rap bible creates glorified role models for these
One of the worse roots being stereotypes. Stereotypes have the power to label someone and rob them of all their hard work or strike fear into others. One such stereotype is that of black men being more dangerous;yet, one black writer voices his opinion on such a stereotype. In the essay “Just Walk On By” by Brent Staples, Staples describes his experience of being a large black man and how it affects the people around him. From people locking their doors to pedestrians crossing the street to avoid a confrontation, people seem to be afraid of Staples just from a glance.