August 30, 2011
Black Men and Public Space
In the story “Black Men and Public Space,” was to give the readers a look on how people judge a book by its cover. In the story people placed, Brent Staples, the author as a violent black man. The reason was for this was because people was stereotyping him. But, Brent Staples, knew that wasn’t the type of person he was. Therefore, the purpose for this story, is to inform the readers that people will judge you just because of your skin and your appearance. Brent Staples, wrote about an experience he had at the age of 22. In Chicago, Brent Staples appeared to run into his first victim. This victim was a white woman, well dressed, probably in her late twenties (336). People didn’t know that his, a graduate student newly arrived at the University of Chicago (336). Also, he dressed with bulky clothing because he was studying journalism. Therefore, at night time he would be that black guy that appeared to be harmful but wasn’t. When, nighttime came around he went for walks. He noticed white people would lock their doors or walk in a fast pace. In conclusion, by these situations occurring made him isolate himself from society. The reason for this was because he felt white people were fearing him and placing him as a violent black man. Brent Staples, thought if he stayed around from society it would prove to people that he wasn’t a violent man. In addition, after a while he started to take his walks again. As he took these walks he would whistle melodies from Beethoven and Vivaldi (337). By, him doing this was to reassure people that he wasn’t who they thought he was.
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