Just Walk On By: Black Men And Public Space By Audre Lorde

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“There are more African-American men in prison, jail, on probation or parole than were enslaved in 1850” (Arene-Morley). Racism in present day America is harder to see than previous periods because the most apparent and obvious forms of racial discrimination such as slavery or segregation have been eliminated. Nonetheless, racism effects the political, economic, and sociocultural structures of America in ways that cause separation between people of color and whites. Race constantly affects the way we are seen in society and controls our actions. Racism leads to ostracizing, bullying, and even violence. “Just Walk on By: Black Men and Public Space” by Brent Staples and “The Fourth of July” by Audre Lorde both exhibit these struggles of racism.

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