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.
The conflict begins as Daniel responds to a locksmith call at Farhad’s shop. Daniel replaces a broken lock on the shop’s back door, but tries to explain to Farhad that the door itself is the problem, not the lock. Farhad’s English is not fluent, and he doesn’t understand Daniel initially, but decides after deciphering Daniel’s warning about the lock that Daniel is trying to cheat him. The conflict becomes a heated argument as Farhad refuses to pay for a door not fixed while Daniel explains that he only fixes locks, not doors. The ultimate result being the unfixed lock leaves the shop exposed to thieves who ransack the place leaving Farhad without an income source for his family.
In the article Black Men and Public Space, the author looks at how black men are stereotyped as being a threat to people out in public. Cases of racial profiling spans decades for African-American males in the US. The target population ranges from male students to men with high profile careers. These males are targeted for no other reason than the color of their skin. A workingman has experiences racial profiling when walking down the street behind a person of another race and has heard people lock their car doors as he walks past their cars.
For instance Brent was casually walking down the street of Manhattan and he heard thunk, thunk, thunk of the car door. Furthermore another time was when Brent was rushing to his journalist office and the people called security because they thought that he was a burglar. Within the essay Brent expresses that because of the color of his skin he must take precautions when he’s in public. Precautions such as giving a wide berth to nervous people on the train, exchange business clothes for jeans and even not going in the building until the lobby is clear. Since he’s black people around him will only consider as a thug not as a college graduate or a journalist.
“Black Man and Public Space” Response “Black Men and Public Space” by Staples, Brent, was a very interesting reading. While reading Black Men and Public Space it appears that a young black man is out stalking people looking for his next victim during late hours of the night. However, it turns out he was not a crook, simply an avid nightwalker.Why are black men stereotyped in public space? In the story he stated “My first victim was a woman”. It seems that the young black man was an crook.
He uses each example of his “ability to alter space in ugly ways” nonchalantly as though it happens every day (Staples 405). One instance even starts, “one day, rushing into the office building […],” like many common, ordinary stories do (Staples 406). Half expecting a casual story to follow such a typical beginning, readers may be shocked when he says the office manager mistook him for a burglar and called the police. Such incidents show sharp contrast between Staples’ casual words and his apparent
Chances only come once, and if we ignore those chances, we would miss out on a lot in life. One day, as Staples was headed for work; he went to “the office of a magazine I was writing for with a deadline story in hand, I was mistaken for a burglar. The office manager called security and… pursued me through the labyrinthine halls... I had no way of proving who I was. I could only move briskly toward the company of someone who
To this society, he isn’t normal, but Mr. Mead is okay with that. He’d rather go unnoticed anyway. “For long ago, he had wisely changed to sneakers when strolling at night, because the dogs in intermittent squads would parallel his journey with barkings if he wore hard heels, and lights may click on and faces appear and an entire street be startled by the passing of a lone figure, himself, in the early November evening.” To go against the media’s strong influence on society he takes nightly walks. On this very walk however, he gets caught by the police while walking around. As the police interrogate him, they decide to arrest him.
Another incident, where a young man named Amadou Diallo was shot multiple times by the New York Police Department because he turned to go into his house after police asked him to stop because he looked “suspicious”. The police claimed he continued walking and they felt threaten that he may have gun. Diallo was reaching in his home to get identification and was never charged in his lifetime with a crime. This sparked the NYPD to collect data on pedestrians who were stopped in the streets. The study concluded that eighty percent of people stopped in 2008 were of African American or Latino decent.
Jordan 1 Jasmine Jordan Mrs. Andrea Chester April 15, 2013 ENG 100 Not So Public Space In the essay “Black men and Public Spaces” by Brent Staples, the author introduces something that we are all guilty of, but pay a little attention to. From his experiences and other accounts, Brent Staple’s essay portrays the racial tendency of people to assume black men are potentially violent and dangerous. It took him nearly twenty-two years to realize that black men are a part of a stereotypical and discriminatory world. But yet, the author accepts being stereotyped and goes out of his way to try to make people not portray him as a dangerous young African-American male. Brent Staples started off his essay with his first “victim,” a young white female who was walking alone late at night, just as he was; she was not comfortable with the space he had provided her.