When he says “My first victim was a woman”, he tries to conjure up images of a stalker or a murderer or even just a plain old mugger, which is what the stereotype of a large, black man, like he explains that he is immediately following this statement. They are expected to be criminals, and so he, ironically, portrays himself as one to prove that he, in fact, isn’t. His explanation of him just wanting to go on a stroll to work off some of his excess energy makes it obvious that he isn’t this type of person, but the way he presents himself makes it seem like he is. What this does to the reader is show them that they already had a disposition toward the viewpoint he was trying to disprove, as they were quick to jump to that conclusion. An extremely critical use of satire in Staple’s argument can be found in his statement about how he was unsure how he had “reached the ripe old
The story begins with Staples describing his first experience frightening a white women due to the colour of his skin. The women’s racism caused her reaction of “running in earnest,” “worried glances” and her eventual getaway, exemplifying the prejudice of a black male. He further demonstrates his “ability to alter public space” when just crossing “in front of a car stopped at a traffic light.” He hears the “thunk” of the driver locking their car regardless of them being “black, white, male, or female.” Staples understands the world is dangerous and people have the right to fear those around them, however, he continues to endure discrimination. But I am the person making those judgements. Living in the East Vancouver, I have grown to be aware of people who seem dangerous.
Young black men who are shot by the police are very commonly justified, such as Michael Brown who was shot by police because he went for a cops gun inside a cops car. Slyville Smith was killed because he had a record of various arrests, and refused to put his illegally obtained pistol down when an officer asked him to. Where are the overzealous white cops who are out to take young black men into prisons for no reason? Where are the cops who kill solely because they're racist? Some may argue that cops who are pulling people over for “small” crimes like a broken tail light or slightly overspeeding is what causes more police brutality, but if a cop pulls a person over for a broken tail light, and they gets out of the car with a weapon, is the cop really racist in that scenario?
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.
The police jumped into action and treated this case with urgency. The type of injustice that this conflict displayed was distributive injustice. Distributive injustice “is concerned with the criteria that lead you to feel you received a fair outcome” (Deutsch, 2007, p. 44). I believe in most cases involving black people the news make the police out to be bad guys. The most recent cases with the killing of African American males will make you think that the police don’t care about Blacks.
In the article, “Feds fault San Francisco police for violence against minorities and recommend 272 reforms”, James Queally and Joe Mozingo addresses the abusive mentality police have with their authority. They imply the behavior of police in some cases isn’t appropriate for someone who is suppose to serve and protect. They include LAPD incidents where Investigation of police are said to use racial slurs through communication of text amongst themselves when referring to Blacks, Latinos and people of middle eastern descent. Ultimately what Queally and Mozingo are trying to get at is that law enforcement abuse their power and degrade their reputation, and should be civil and not be dishonorable by being racially
The few scenes from Sandra Bullocks perspective in Hurtsvillage shows all the black men near Oher’s home are depicted as violent and thuggish, as seen in the photo bellow. This leads to the scene in The Blind Side where Sandra Bullock threatening to shoot and kill a black man that spoke out to her with the gun she is “always packing.” If the roles were to have been reversed the entire scene would be played out differently. Charges would be pressed against him, and he would have been found guilty promptly and be sent to prison. The man in the photo was showing no physical aggression to Sandra Bullock, yet she felt that him talking to her was enough to promptly use a sign of defense, claiming that she could shoot him if she so pleased. These portrayals are implicitly racist, originating from stereotypes of urban blackness.
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
Black & Blue The relations between police officers and black Americans will never improve until officers stop using excessive force and black Americans start complying with officers. The reason why I say that officers should stop be using excessive force is because in the cases of Eric Garner, who died after being held in a choke hold for too long, and Freddie Gray, who died from a spinal cord injury after cops were careless, could have been prevented if cops would have resorted to talking rather than jumping the gun. Black Americans also need to start complying with officers because it is the officers job to defuse the situation no matter the cost and it is also the citizens job to listen to the officers and abide by the law. For example,
I mentioned a few reasons on how the use of force has made police officers look bad. It is making officers look bad because recordings from the public only show the beatings and shootings, but do not capture the beginning of the confrontation. It will be bet for officers and the goof being of the community I officers use body-worn cameras because it will capture every second that happens between confrontations. The use of force is granted to the officers if they feel like the suspect is dangerous or is not complying with the officer. It was a right given to them by a case back in 1985, in which a person was killed by deadly force.