Black excellence can be achieved by respecting those who do the same, and being active toward the change you would like to see. No minority should have to conform, conceal, or submit in order to receive the same opportunities that Caucasians are afforded. Sterling Lecater Bland, Jr describes in his article “Being Ralph Ellison: Remaking the Black Public Intellectual in the Age of Civil Rights” that Ellison personally used a different approach for being an advocate. He states, “Ellison’s foundational ideas about the duties of black artists and intellectuals in the public sphere became a kind of a through-line in how he crafted and maintained his own public role in the age of civil rights,” (Lecater, 53). Ellison understood that there can be different approaches to how you want to be perceived, but they do not include being a radical or a stereotype. Bledsoe’s viewpoint is not effective because his obsession with maintaining an image cost a young man his education. Kicking the narrator out of school created a snowball effect that many institutions, predominantly white or historically black, do to their minority students. The institution or a sponsor will
In the past, the majority of the African Americans had faced with segregation, poverty, violence, and inequalities. In spite of the civil rights movement that the African Americans shortly enjoyed it they had insufficient access to education, political rights, employment, and welfares. Today, the people of the color still face discrimination, racial injustice, and brutality. African-Americans are more likely suffering issues including unemployment, lack of education, poverty, drug abuse, and injustice than Caucasians. In this rhetorical analysis, both writers attracted their audiences through persuasive expression, tone, and rational methods to discuss discrimination, racial
Brent Staples effectively used his personal experiences personal experiences that he has had in the past and present to convey his message to the reader. Staples conveys his message with the Prejudice is still occurring. The article Black Men and Public Space for Harper’s Magazine was effective in the rhetorical strategies staples used such an appeal to pathos with strong diction and imager, and
In his article “Just Walk on By: Black Men and Public Space”, which first appeared in the women’s magazine Ms. Magazine and later Harpers, Brent Staples explores the discrimination he faced as a black man living in Chicago and New York. In writing this piece, Brent Staples hoped to use a combination of pathos and ethos to demonstrate to the women that read Ms. Harper’s that Staples is actually the victim when the women treat him the way they do and to get these women to view him, and other black men, differently and to make them realize that they are people too. Staples use of his ethos and pathos serve well to support his position and convince others to take a new perspective. Staples uses ethos in multiple ways
In this narrative essay, Brent Staples provides a personal account of his experiences as a black man in modern society. “Black Men and Public Space” acts as a journey for the readers to follow as Staples discovers the many societal biases against him, simply because of his skin color. The essay begins when Staples was twenty-two years old, walking the streets of Chicago late in the evening, and a woman responds to his presence with fear. Being a larger black man, he learned that he would be stereotyped by others around him as a “mugger, rapist, or worse” (135).
... believe blacks can achieve in every avenue of American life without the meddling of university administrators.” Therefore, the solution to this issue of academic performance is bettering the education system in poverty stricken areas. If all racial and economic groups had access to equal educational opportunities, then they would all have the same capability to succeed in university admissions, given they are determined to do so. In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Unfortunately, Dr. King’s dream has not yet come true, since African Americans are still judged (whether it be positively or negatively is beside the point) on the basis of their skin color when it comes to college admissions.
These three men, along with many others, pave the way for the success of black people today. Although reconstruction was a failure, these African American leaders showed what they could do in the face of adversity. With all odds against they still prevailed into their, though short lived, influential positions, making the way for the Barack Obama’s and Colin Powell’s today.
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is a prime example of Woodson’s argument on “miseducated” blacks. Although Thomas benefitted from programs like affirmative action, once he reached the high point in his career he supported legislature to end such programs. Hampton University and other Historically Black Colleges and Universities must take it upon themselves to teach their students the importance of contributing to their communities once they graduate and enter into the business world. Colleges like Hampton, Howard, Spelman and Morehouse have the opportunity to produce professionals that can restructure and save the black community. Students who graduate from these institutions have the resources and knowledge that are needed to revive the African American community and their economy. Black colleges must educate their students on the need for black businesses, role models and the importance of staying connected to their culture and community.
America have a long history of black’s relationship with their fellow white citizens, there’s two authors that dedicated their whole life, fighting for equality for blacks in America. – Audre Lorde and Brent Staples. They both devoted their professional careers outlying their opinions, on how to reduce the hatred towards blacks and other colored. From their contributions they left a huge impression on many academic studies and Americans about the lack of awareness, on race issues that are towards African-American. There’s been countless, of critical evidence that these two prolific writers will always be synonymous to writing great academic papers, after reading and learning about their life experience, from their memoirs.
My book is a about older black men sitting down. And thinking about what they would say to younger black men to challenge success in their life. Telling how they turn their negative decision into positive decision. The route they took to get to their success. And why young black men should do the same and challenge success.