In "Just Walk On By," Staples encounters many acts of racism because people see him as a threat due to the fact that he is a big, black man. One incident Staples encounters, is when he goes into a jewelry store to pass time before an interview, and the proprietor went to the back of the store and got an enormous dog so Staples would leave. Staples was not doing anything besides looking around, but since he was black the woman thought he was a threat, so she did whatever she could do to make him leave. Another incident Staples experiences is when he walks the streets he, "often witnesses that 'hunch posture ' from women."(240) Even thought Staples wants nothing to do with the women and their pocketbooks, they think he does. They b...
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- In Brent Staples’ "Just Walk on By: Black Men and Public Space," Staples describes the issues, stereotypes, and criticisms he faces being a black man in public surroundings. Staples initiates his perspective by introducing the audience in to thinking he is committing a crime, but eventually reveals how the actions taken towards him are because of the fear linked to his labelled stereotypes of being rapists, gangsters and muggers. Staples continues to unfold the audience from a 20 year old experience and sheds light onto how regardless of proving his survival compared to the other stereotypical blacks with his education levels and work ethics being in the modern era, he is still in the same... [tags: Literary Analysis, Critique, Black Men]
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