Racism In 'Just Walk On By'

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As a person of today 's society, I am aware of the acts of racism that occur. This past summer, a plethora of incidents happened because of racial discrimination. These incidents occur because people see African Americans as a threat by the way they are portrayed. A person 's race does affect what people think about them and how they react to them. 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 believe…show more content…
Society has changed and people need to realize that. When I see acts of racism, whether it is on tv or in person, it upsets me. No African American should walk around feeling scared or judged. I do not want my friends to feel that way. I love my friends even though they have a different skin color than me because they love me too. We are all made equal. People need to realize that and stop being so racist and judge mental. Yes, I will admit that some African Americans will do things out of line that causes them to be judges and possibly shot, but people should not assume every African American will be like that. In a way I believe black people know they are seen and judged as a bad person so they become one. I hate that society makes them feel like that. Racism needs to stop all together before things get even
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