Writing Assignments: Staples “Just Walk On By” The whole story is about the author’s experiences of being mistaken for a criminal. Staples describes himself as “the youngish black man—a broad six feet two inches with a beard and billowing hair, both hands shoved into the pockets of a bulky military jacket”(450). People, especially women, run away from him on the street at night because of his threatening exterior. In fact, there have been so many criminal activities have been made by African American, and many women have got mugged by African American. It’s easy to understand why a white woman in his story “After a few more quick glimpses, she picked up her pace and was soon running in earnest.” In most case like this, the majority of the
Her belief becomes real in the next few minutes when two other black men carjack them. Another example from the movie is Cultural based theories of prejudice. The character Farhad believes that since he is Persian he is being persecuted against and cheated, because he believes that everyone who is middle-eastern is not welcome in America especially after the events of 9/11. When he was in the gun shop, and the owner of the gun shop was rude to him, he becomes angry and makes a scene, based on the listed beliefs and fears that he has. Another example is when Farhad calls for a locksmith to fix his shop door.
Deviance Deviance, or behavior that violates the standards of conduct or expectations of a group or society, is a common occurrence that is easily observed every day. In the movie Crash, the lives of several complete strangers intersect over the course of two days through many different acts of deviance. When viewed sociologically, many scenes throughout the film can give insight on other’s perspectives and help with broadening the sociological imagination. A white, male, gun shop owner greets an Iranian man and his daughter who are looking to purchase a handgun from his store. Upon hearing the father/daughter pair speak Farsi to one another, the shop owner’s prejudice is made known through his use of racial profiling to come to the conclusion the father is a terrorist.
The Cunningham’s were poor, but very polite. The next time he appeared in the novel was when the lynching mob was formed, and Mr. Cunningham was a part of it. His beliefs changed drastically. He went from looking up to Atticus for guidance to being completely against Atticus defending Tom Robinson. When Scout rambled to Mr. Cunningham, it made him stand in Atticus’s shoes for a minute.
Blacks are four times more likely than whites to say they have been unfairly stopped by police, and twice as likely to say they have been insulted, threatened, or attacked because of their skin color. In the short essay written by Brent Staples, “Black Men Public Space”, we see how Brent being an educated black man is often stereotyped as a thug or a mugger by people who are not of his race. Many people judge by the color of other people’s skin or appearance. While Brent takes his usual daily stroll, he writes about how people lock their car doors or cross the street before they come close to him. Brent also writes about another example of stereotyping which concludes in racism; “Women are particularly vulnerable to street violence, and young black males are drastically overrepresented among the perpetrators of such violence”
Also, another historian Martin Luther king Jr. He helps not only blacks but, white get along and show each other respect. However, we only get information about how he was punished and the person who put him to his grave. These are the things we use and have today that we still don’t ever get credit for because, the white man still consistently think that nobody cares and nobody has to know about the inventors in the black perspective. Little do they know we care and we would like more information on who, what, where, and how they manage to accomplish their
In Staple’s “Black Man and Public Spaces,” Staples describes an instance when he was walking down the street at night, minding his own business and the lady in front of him started to run away like someone was chasing her. Staples was stereotyped as somebody that was a threat to the woman’s safety, just because of the color of his skin. In Rodriguez’s essay serotypes of a Hispanic with a dark completion can be positive or negative depending on the situation and how he presented himself. He describes how if he walked through a service entrance at a hotel, people wouldn’t think much of him but if walks in with a nice suite his complexion acts as a symbol of leisure. His mother always told him to stay out of the sun, most likely because the darker you are the stereotype is that you are a manual laborer for example someone who could possibly work in the strawberry fields or as a gardener.
They would always ask the question” Who is my Mother?” They see it as black men are just number, because we will not think for we are educated ourselves as men. The number is when you are locked up and they call you by your last name and you have to give them a number for your identity. When will you learn our young men, When will you learn? The music gets them through the pain and heart ache they feel, when they are in the white man system. This is what it is.
If the word ‘Nigger’ begins to be used in the classroom it probably won’t just stop there. Before we know it the world will have slipped back into their old habit of referring to black-skinned people as niggers, and their excuse… … “Everyone’s doing it” Then we’ll be back to where we were eighty years, when the book was set, an extremely different society, and nowhere near racial equality. After all that has been done by people and organizations around the world to reduce racism and get one step closer to racial and social equality, it would be stupid to take more steps backwards to times of lynchings, racial separation and the regular use of the word
So where was he when all this went down? Yet, this is not where black oppression ends, they suffer through segregation through all of the civil rights movement and such harsh racism all over the country. It’s like having to go through high school again and again and again, generation after generation, but never getting out and having absolutely no rights at all. Yeah, pretty unfair, I know. And yet, the black race has stayed strong.