In his essay, “Just Walk on By: A Black Man Ponders His Power to Alter Public Space”, Brent Staples uses the rhetorical strategies of anecdote and diction in order to convey his message that due to racial discrimination black people (mainly men) have to change the way they naturally conduct themselves in public for they run the risk of something terrible happening to them. Staples uses anecdotes to bring in the personal side of the message to the audience. Staples creates a persona of innocence and almost alienation in his writing. Anecdotes such as his both instances in which he accidently scared women on walks and the time in which he and another reporter were mistaken for murder suspects or robbers are used to show real life proof of his message. That it is reality and not just a concept based off of racism.
An Enotes certified educator says it best when she states, "…Boo Radley is discriminated against due to beliefs formed about him based on rumors." (K.H. Tamara 1). For these reasons, it is clear that Lee is commentating on the intolerance of people who did not fit in with everyone else, and how it is essentially unacceptable to be different. Secondly, Racial discrimination is prevalent throughout the novel.
From beginning to end in Toni Morrison’s short story, “Recitatif”, and Brent Staples’ essay, “Black Men and Public Spaces”, both authors explore the idea of single stories and the impact of racial stereotypes on individuals. Through Staples’ use of crime-based diction and Morrison’s use of imagery, these authors show how preconceived notions that society communicates about racial differences can affect one’s thoughts and actions. In “Black Men and Public Spaces” Staples often portrays his frustration with being a victim of the racial stereotype that all black men are seen as dangerous. As he walked at night behind a woman in the street and she began to hurry away, he “...first began to know the unwieldy inheritance [he’d] come into… It was clear that she thought herself the quarry of a mugger, rapist, or worse”(Staples 1).
Wilson strongly believed that being black in an American society was challenging and unfair. He saw that America was trying to advance to overcome racial discriminations; however, he also recognized these efforts were hardly successful. Wilson shows that black people are simply seen as criminals that are a burden on an American society in his play, “The Piano Lesson” through the negative portrayal of Boy Willie and Grace. In the interview with Wilson, a very strong argument was made to prove that black culture and people were not of as high of stature as other races. It was said that Chinatown is a tourist attraction, but Harlem is seen as dangerous.
In the book Zack, William Bell talks a lot about racism. He uses the characters to show racism. Some of the characters he uses to show racism are Ms. O’Neil, the lady at the motel and his grandfather, and finally Jen’s cousin Kirsten. They are all racist to Zack and that is why I am going to talk about them. William Bell is very good at showing racism in this book.
Those who feel the novel encourages racism say that because of the stereotypes used when featuring Jim, how Huck and Tom treated Jim, and how often the N-word is brought up Twain had hoped to encourage racism. However there is still strong evidence that proves why that might be a misunderstanding. If twain was intending to encourage racism then why would he make Him seem so much of a better person than the duke, king, and Huck's father. Also when Twain illustrates the black and white symbolism he portrayed Him as white man and Huck's father, who is a white man, as dark and scary. Then throughout the story as a reader you feel empathy for Jim he begins to become one of the favorite characters in the novel.
Mark Twain wrote an important example of maintaining one’s individuality in a society that does not accept it: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Growing up in the Southern United States, Twain lived with racism and slavery. He wanted to portray these inequalities which poisoned the country through the stories of a young boy in his novel, Huck. Despite the incredible controversy over his portrayal, Twain’s main character contradicted his own essay “United States of Lyncherdom” which illustrated the human instinct to fear being “pointed at, shunned, as being on the unpopular side” (Twain). As Huck confronted this instinct of others, he was able to do something most of us couldn’t - get over the selfish concern of fitting in to help someone in
Analysis of Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man” “I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids―and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me” (Ellison 3). Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man” demonstrates that racism and misguided ideologies are detrimental to individual identity, and it provides important lessons that are still relevant in America today. The point of the novel is to portray the effects of racism on an individual’s personal identity. Throughout the novel, the narrator, a young black male who remains unnamed, has his identity defined by others despite his efforts to use his education to define himself.
Part of the human nature consists of racial judgment towards others. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, presents themes of gender bias, justice, and social class. But one of the main focuses in the book is racism. Most of the people in Maycomb County show racial judgments, opinions, and comments against African American people, as well as white people. Jem and Scout learn the power of racism and what it does to people, as they experience certain situations.
In order to convey to Jefferson in an effective matter, Banneker utilizes a demanding tone and an appeal to emotion to enhance his argument. Banneker employs a demanding tone throughout his letter by implementing the repetitive use of pronouns and satire. In order for Jefferson to realize the conditions and horrors bestowed upon the African American peoples, the term “you” appears sporadically to show where Jefferson’s statements and actions did not match his intentions. Various instances in which the African Americans had grown hopeless of the government’s actions were addressed within the letter, and the reasoning behind those actions were truly because of the faults of Jefferson and his failure
In his essay, Coates refuses the idea of “hope” and delivers his message like a statistic report. He often uses personal anecdotes to make his messages more personal, thus enabling his readers to place themselves in the person’s shoes. Then Coates would go on and recount the gruesome or horrid mistreatment that person has gone through regardless how hurtful or painful these stories are. Furthermore, he substantiates his claims with painful statistic reports and numbers – numbers that pierces the black readers like swords. Tahiti Anyabwile in his essay “A Call for Hope in the Age of Mass Incarceration” states that “Coates fails his readership and fails to represent something vital about African Americans – his writing lacks hope”.
Black Men and Public Space was written by Brent Staples who is a black men and a journalist. The general subject in the essay is want to talk about racial problem. In other words, local people are afraid of black people. Another view I will mention is not all blacks are bad guys. There are two occasions which I have deep impression.