Brent Staples was born and raised in Chester, Pennsylvania but he finished his studies and began working as a journalist in Chicago and New York City. Doing this one can go a process of depression and losing identity. As much as we need to defend men and women on a death row, we will ultimately fail without drawing their cases into a broader movement for racial and economic justice. I anticipate that some students may have struggled with Staples' style, thereby preventing complete comprehension, and the partners, if arranged strategically, can be beneficial towards clearing up any confusion. Journalist Brent Staples the author of Black Men And Public Spaces takes us into his own thoughts as a young black man growing up in Chester, Pennsylvania to becoming a journalist in New York City. He enrolled at Widener University B. To her, the youngish black man — a broad six feet two inches with a bear and billowing hair, both hands shoved into the pockets of a bulky military jacket — seemed menacingly close.
If that stigma was magically erased and people stopped viewing Blacks as criminals, the world would be much more peaceful. He now whistles melodies from Beethoven and Vivaldi when he takes walks at night because no one will assume a mugger knows classical music. This issue has caused trouble throughout history, regardless of what period it once again arose to a hotly debated public issue before being pushed aside provisionally. He said, that the women had feelings, she is afraid of him and he thinks she thought he is a murderer and dangerous, just because he was black. The presence of black men is the harbinger of black stereotypes and severe racial discrimination. Even though the author might not be the real aggressor that does not takes the fact that another man like him could be the authentic one. By employing specific stories, Staples creates an intellectually and emotionally powerful essay.
I then explain to them that each partnership will be turning in one paper, with both names on it, where they have recorded their answers to the questions. Black Men and Public Space Tyrone a young black man, born and raised in the South Bronx, wanted nothing but the best to succeed for his future. He states that just by looking at him, she started to run until he could no longer see her. I haven't been in his situation before because I'm not a scary looking person. It can range from lowering safety standards when ones home, to the point of running from someone that, by mistake, its portrayed and related to something harmful. None of this will change the way black men are stereotyped.
This can make the audience understand in a sensitive way his point of view. Through the use of ethos, Staples establishes the credibility of his writing as that of an intelligible, graduate student of the University of Chicago. Is easier to hide that to fight but in the long run that —easiness- brings other problems, where self-blame can evolve to depression and self-depreciation. This quote describes the idea previously expressed. Because of the historical race that black men have always committed crimes and caused violence, now it look like black men is a sign of evildoer; for example muggers and rapists. He had to do what he felt he needed to in order to survive, in order to not get arrested, or be mistaken for someone he is not and until society changes their stereotype of young African American males, his tactics for coping is a great idea.
Later on his —problem- took a deeper hit on him when even as a professional this image continued to follow him. Black men on public space will continue to experience these situations. On a narrow sense the essay can be viewed as how the author goes through the realization of how he is pictured, moving to the changes he has to make to be -socially- less threatening. The Term public space is just 30 years old, and definitions vary. However, one must not blame such an unfortunate population for the troubles that have occurred.
I instruct my students to first review their mini summaries with each other, in order to check for a consensus on the overall understanding of the essay. For Staples however from an early age he learned through the acts of others being locked away that it was all nonsense. He states that just by looking at him, she started to run until he could no longer see her. These points however, though relevant, are not relevant to my point. Most people grow up with such a perception and feel it be true. Staples explains how people would treat him on a day to day basis. He goes on to say that he now takes precautions to avoid situations he has experienced.
This can create a unique experience, most of the time being of uneasiness and stress. With this quote, Staples illustrates how ridiculous paranoid people can be around people just as equal as them, and that anyone should be able to do anything freely in public spaces. I believe it was wise for Staples to come up with such a creative solution. It is very common to hear about women who were raped by 'young males, wearing jeans, with a sweater and their hands in their pocket' this is a common description of almost 95% of all young males walking around late in the evening. I have five sisters, and they never go out at night simply because they are afraid of running into a man who might be able to hurt them. In retrospect, my shyness of combat has clear sources.
Likewise, he explains how he had seen this incidents, of violence where he grew up. Magazine shows it may have been directed only towards women. We cannot change the way people think and judge. For example, the driver will automatically put down the locks, or the pedestrians will cross in another direction. Having moved to New York, and growing accustomed to being perceived as a threat, Staples learned to properly give people their space to intimidate them less as he walks the streets. Due to the stigma that black men are all thieves, robbers , and criminals, they are more likely to be targeted by the police.
With the way women are raped, assaulted these days there is justification in how most female pedestrians have protection or know how to protect themselves from any harm they may come into contact with. Staples lays out with today's given society perhaps there is reason why these women would walk away from Mr. He describes feelings of uneasiness towards his newfound self-image. Additionally, some people think black people are murderers and use drugs. Staples states that this is because most males from a young age are seduced by the perception of power through fear.
He wraps all of this in a controlled manner, a use of pathos, which he explains originates from his numerous encounters with such prejudiced events over the past few years, thereby creating an eruption of empathy from the reader, and thus a better development of the ideas present in the writing. Staples had never considered college until a college professor took an interest in him and encouraged him to apply to a program that recruited black students. It seems that he does all this just to fit in to society. A young black man was walking behind her and the white women got scared that he was behind her. This because of the stereotype black men suffer of being rapist or a thief.