Suspicions of the color black
Throughout the years, men of color have been labeled and placed at a lower level of civilization because of the color of their skin. With lists of unpleasant events, the narrator, the places in which the story takes place, and the reoccurring patterns of unwieldy racial discrimination all inter- relate with each other. In Black Men and Public Space, the narrator depicts what it is to be a colored man who is constantly being labeled as a crook and a criminal. The narrator, told this story based on his experiences that took place in both Chicago and New York, which showed a manifestation of reoccurring patterns of the racial stigma that has been placed on black men, as being thieves and convicts. For every discriminatory instance that vehemently ensued this character he still manages to be polite but strong minded. In Brent Staples “Black Men and Public Space”, a black man reveals his experience with particular individuals in public areas whom fear him based on his race’s stereotype. Staples suggest that people still tend to portray black men as violent and dangerous individuals from racial tendencies without rationalizing and thus causing stress to the victims (black men) because they’re seen as threats despite their true nature. Black men have had reputations that associate them with murderers, thieves, rapist etc. thus making people around them feel alarmed and or apprehensive. The tone from the text appears ironic as Staples uses the words “My first victim” as his opener despite himself being the victim instead of the offender. Although the narrator does not cause trouble nor bring forth harm to anyone in his way, the ‘victim’ “picked up her pace and was soon running in earnest (Staples 17). The issue Staples is demonstrating is that people should not judge others based on preconception of a certain race, and that the black man was evidently the victim of discrimination who created up...
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