Summary Of Just Walk On By Black Men And Public Space

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Empathy and Acceptance First, Brent Staples, “Just Walk on By: Black Men and Public Space,” addresses his personal experience of being a black man but also being stereotyped throughout his life. Truthfully, he identifies and tries to understand that woman fear him to be a rapist or a violent criminal by the color of his skin: “I understand of course, that the danger they percieve is not a hallucination. Woman are particularly vulnerable to street violence, and young black males are dratsically overrepresented among the perpretators of that violence.” In fact, Staple explains in the late 1970s and early 1980s of his personal stories of people misjudging his motives in public. But over the years, Staples learned to take precautions of what he …show more content…

In the beginning of this story, a man who was crossing Manhattans Seventh-ninth street, walking towards a shelter, a woman scrounges money from her purse to give to the homeless man. The man doesn’t know the acceptance of money from the woman, although he was thankful. Ascher made a statement, “Was it fear or compassion that motivated the gift?” With this in mind, she encountered another incident on Ninety-first street, seeing a homeless man standing inside the French Bread shop, a French woman who isn’t in the brightest mood asks what food he wants and gives him the food. For this reason, Ascher wonders what compels these woman to feed a homeless man. Is it out of compassion or fear? “Pity? Care? Compassion? Or does she want to rid her shop of troublesome presence, If explusion were her motivation she would not reward his arrival with gifts of food.” Evidently, having compassion and empathy isn’t easy, but there are people who learned to have that from theri daily lives and compassion grows within their heart over time. Ascher believes that no one is born to have compassion and empathy for people, for example, homelessness. Although it can be learned. Ascher state’s an example that ancient Greeks drama brought back compassion in a society by giving inspiration to the audience that …show more content…

Although the three essays are similar with sharing the same meaning of empathy, compassion understanding and acceptance; they are completely different topics. First, “Just walk on by,” is about a man who later on in life, feels empathetic and acceptful that people will misjudge him by the color of his skin but, won’t let that define himself deeply. Secondly, “On Compassion,” is about the author trying to emphasize the meaning of compassion, with empathy and concern of why the woman she saw in Manattan, was helping the homeless. Evidently, having concern and awareness that people who are compassionate learned over time in their life, that compassion isn’t a trait you are born with. Lastly “Joyas Voladores,” is about Doyle who empathetically gives a metaphorcal message to the reader’s that life is precious, every animals heart is precious and there is more to life than letting your heart feel shattered, that empathetically we are meant to experience life, deeply. In the purpose that, these essays are different, yet, they speak the same message. We aren’t defined by our sterotypes, or our fate in life, or “the fear of a harrowed heart.” but, in the end all we have is ourselves, and our hearts beating everyday. Everyone has a purpose, whether its to whistle classical music to relievingly prove that your not a

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