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Discriminations And Differences In Malcolm Gladwell's Trouble Makers

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Why are people not judged by who they are but instead what they look like? People judge people without find out who they are, what are their values, or their upbringing. Instead, they are categorized as a particular type of people based on how they appear. In Malcolm Gladwell’s essay,”Trouble Makers” he tells of how wrongful generalizations are made on a group of people or things. While in Brent Staples essay,”Just Walk on By” he tells of his personal struggled being racially profiled as an African American man. Gladwell would respond to Staples argument that he is perceived unfairly due to the generalizations that are made towards Staples.

Gladwell would agree the discriminations that Staples faced was due to the same category problems
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It is clear that often times he can not be separated from another dangerous people. Staples says,”Then there was the standard unpleasantries with police, doormen, bouncers, cab drivers, and others whose business it is to screen out troublesome individuals before there is any nastiness” (52 Staples). The keyword before is italicized to emphasized there is a generalization that is made first. In order to prevent trouble those in power unfairly assume who they believe are trouble makers. Generalizations against African Americans cause for there to be extra attention towards him because they are supposed to be the criminals that cause trouble. Gladwell talks of making the wrong kind of generalizations. Generalizations that are based on race and gender are bound to change and can lead to ineffective profiling. Gladwell takes an example to drug smugglers and the New York Police Department’s methods of trying to stop these criminals. Gladwell says,”It doesn’t work to generalize about a relationship between a category and a trait when that relationship isn 't stable -or when the act of generalizing may itself change the basis of the generalization”(59 Gladwell). A drug smuggler can be of any race, gender, or religion and generalization such as these are unstable. Stable generalizations on how they act, and if there is alarm