Summary of Black Men and Public Space
Staples Brent in “Black Men and Public Space” described the difficulties that a young black male may encounter during his ordinary life. It is explained that, even if you are a well-educated citizen, but you are a black man—more than six feet height with a not shaved face—you could face unfair prejudice and judgment all the time in street. At the very beginning of the article Brent start with “My first victim was a woman—white, well-dressed, probably in her late twenties” (207). Leaves reader with a sense of curiosity for looking after evidence of nastiness in the upcoming story that is going to be read. Brent explains his personal experience as a young black African-American, also looking tall and strange, who encounters a lot of stereotyping as he is just living a normal life like others do. There is a night; he is walking behind a woman in beggary section of Chicago. Nervous and frightened eyes of that woman make him think about of her prejudice about him. What might a young white woman think of young black male as he is getting closer and closer in the middle of the night? The undeniable truth is that she thinks of herself as a victim of a robbery, rape, or something really bad. Being judged in that way will cause everyone to feel really bad, embarrassed and in some cases angry, so does Brent. He felt embarrassed that he is accused of threatening people just by passing people in crosswalk or somewhere else. Brent in his twenties, realized about the unfair fear and judgments that other people have about him, judgments that seems are going to be last forever and he cannot get rid of them in any way. Unfair perspectives about someone like him who is young, male and black. These perspective are he is a kind of danger to public spaces. He addresses these unfair situations by discussing the same woman he mentions as his first victim, she thought herself target and victim of a criminal. Suffering from insomnia, he walks...
Cited: Staples, Brent. “Black Men and Public space” The Longman Reader. Eds. Judith Nadell. John Longman and Eliza A.Comodromos. 10th Ed. New Jersey: 2012 Print
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