Stereotypes Warp Your Judgments: Article Analysis

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Over the past week, I was tasked to choose between one of two articles that all of the incoming freshman at Union County College in preparation for the up and coming school year. This decision will forever change the way the incoming students will do before stereotyping a certain race, religion, or sexual preference. One of the articles I had to choose from was called, “Don’t Let Stereotypes Warp Your Judgments” By Robert L. Heilbroner, while the other one was called, “Black Men and Public Space” by Brent Staples. Both articles were somewhat similar in the fact that they both talk about how the typical person, in most situations, stereotype people in a bad or even a good way. The articles also talk and teach that stereotyping is bad and…show more content…
The first reason on why I chose this essay is because it changes the point of view multiple times throughout the paper. For example, in paragraph 4 and 5 the author explains that at night in the narrow streets of Soho in New York City woman get scared and fear the worst from the author, who is black. From there, the author explains what he thinks and the woman is thinking during the same situation. It draws attention for the reader and keeps the reader’s eyes glued on the paper when reading this. The second reason why I chose this essay is because it is very personal. The author makes the reader gain sympathy for him, as he explains as he is a few of the lucky from his community to be successful and not lose their lives to violence. In paragraph 7, Staples states, “As a boy, I saw countless tough guys locked away; I have since buried several, too… a teenage cousin, a brother of twenty-two, a childhood friend in his mid-twenties- all gone down in episodes of bravado played out in the streets” (Para 7). The third and last reason why I picked this essay is because the essay was extremely detailed, which helps the reader believe that these stories are actually true then rather false like the other paper is like. For example, in paragraph 3, Staples stated, “At dark, shadowy intersections, I could cross in front of a car stopped at a traffic light and elicit the thunk, thunk, thunk, thunk of the driver…” (Para 3). Staples makes the point of being very detailed in his descriptions to make the reader believe that these stories are actually real rather than
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