Black Men in Public Spaces

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Daniel Bridgers English 1102 27 October 2014 Alford Reflective Response In the essay, “Black Men and Public Space,” Staples expresses the difficulties African Americans may face in today’s society. Through detailed description, Staples explains how he had been negatively stereotyped throughout is life. It taught him to take precaution in the places he would visit and the people he would encounter.. The wording used is very powerful. It vividly depicts how society views race. In the beginning of the essay he described a frightened women’s reaction, He uses such words as “unwieldly, quarry, wayfarers, tyranny, ghetto, dangerous, hazard, dicey, fear, and weapon” to portray his response to the women’s reaction. Although the community refuses to accept his normality as like everyone else, he remains civil amongst his peers. His reaction can be charted as abnormal; whereas a normal person would resort to violence against his unfairly judgments. Reading the story, I developed a sense of pity toward the author. He Although people assume him to be threatening and dangerous, the author never mentions any hatred or violent behaviors towards people that continue to treat him with prejudice and injustice. I can see how this would negatively impact an African American and their attitude. The sad thing is these sort of negative stereotyping still occur in today’s society as well. In order to stop the prejudice, we must all as a people learn to treat each and everyone fairly. Nobody should ever be judged due to their race or ethnicity. Daniel Bridgers English 1102 27 October 2014 Alford Reflective Response In the essay, “Black Men and Public Space,” Staples expresses the difficulties African Americans may face in today’s

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