The issue Staples is demonstrating is that people should not judge others based on preconception of a certain race, and that the black man was evidently the victim of discrimination instead of the convict. He utilizes the irony in his text to illustrate the injustice of what seems to be and what it should be regarding the treatment to black men.
This first line initially caught my attention and let me know that this would not the average, boring essay. Not until the second essay did I learn that he was not a stalker. I really enjoyed the methods used by Staple to introduce his story. He uses a theme of making himself look like a bad guy but at the same time saying that he is not what people sometimes him as.
In his encounter with the woman on the street, I think she probably would have reacted similarly to anyone with that presence about them. Even though Staples presents himself as a non potent threat, he is sometimes in potentially threatening situations.
For example, he mentions being pulled over by a policeman.
Although he might have been pulled over for no reason, he could place himself in serious trouble by responding to the situation wrong. Despite the fact that he himself has not done anything wrong, because of those who judge first and ask questions later, he sometimes finds himself in the wrong situation.
I like how Staples never tries to escalate the situations he finds himself, but instead tries to calm them down and not make scenes.
He says that he whistles classical music pieces to present himself as a non threatening citizen.
Also he acts calm and collected when pulled over by the police. In his last statement I like how he referred to himself to himself as a hiker and the citizens as bears.
He is just passing by, but if they feel threatened he will be the one with a problem and not the bear. I have never been in the situations that Staple has been in but I have been an awkward situation due to similar circumstances.
My friend invited me to his church for a Christmas program. He attends an Episcopal Church, and based on what I noticed they did not often see black people attending their service. I was at the church early, because I rode with my friend, so I just found seat on a pew while he was preparing for his role.
I did not pay attention to it at first but when I noticed that the church was filling up, I saw that most of the pews in the church were filled except for the one on which I was sitting.In Brent Staples personal essay "Black Men and Public Space" () Staples depicts the physiological effects that determine how a person thinks and acts based on a stereotype about black .
Black Men and Public Space. rs. Nevertheless, there are still those who simply cannot. In his essay Black Men and Public Space, Brent Staples describes something that most young black men experience on more than one occasion in (2 pages) 0 Apr/ Subjects: Social Science Essays > Controversial Issues.
Sep 02, · In “Black Men and Public Spaces,” Brent Staples is a black man who whenever in public is met with fear from others because of his race's stereotype. Staples has the ability to alter public space by his physical behavior, his Status: Resolved.
Free The Danger of a Single Story Writing essays about our lives. By Linda Christensen. Black Men and Public Spaces.” For example, in the excerpt from Brent Staples, his transition ties back to his thesis statement about black men in public places, and moves the reader into the time and place of the vignette he is preparing to share.
Nov 07, · Response to Brent Staples November 7, at pm · Filed under Staples While reading the first version of Brent Staples, “Just Walk on By: A Black Man Ponders His Power to Alter Public Space,” I feel sad for him.
by M on July 30, in Gender Studies, Politics, Society with Comments Off on Just Walk On By: A black man ponders his power to alter public space Brent Staples’ essay titled ‘Just walk on by: A black man ponders his power to alter public space’ is an outstanding piece of minority literature of the twentieth century.