I Have a Dream

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Questions on Strategy 1. The concept of altering public space is relatively abstract. How does Staples convince you that this phenomenon really takes place? Answer: He gives more example which he encountered. Showing himself to get caught up in the fear of stereotypes, attributing their response to his skin color. Because he feels that they are stereotyping him based on the color of his skin, he allows himself to get upset over these situations rather than understand them 2. Staples employs a large number of examples in a fairly small space. How does he avoid having the piece soundlike a list? How does he established COHERENCE among all these examples? Answer: Staples has been mistaken for a criminal countless times because of his race. The first time this happened, he scared a young white women when he turned the corner at night, and she ran off, convinced that he was “a mugger, a rapist, or worse.” Brent shares instances of people locking their car doors or crossing the street when he walked by, but he says he can’t blame them, as “young black males are drastically overrepresented among the perpetrators of… violence.” He discusses his childhood in Chester, Pennsylvania where there is “gang warfare, street knifings, and murders” that many of his friends and family have gone to prison or been killed over. He mentions two extreme situations in which he is mistaken for a burglar and tells the story of a journalist mistaken for the killer he was reporting on. Brent Staples makes it clear that these occurrences are continuous and common. 3. Other Methods Many of Staples’s examples are actually ANECDOTES---brief NARRATIVES. The opening paragraph is expecially notable. Why is it so effective? Answer He is his "first victim." By attributing the situations around him relating to fear, to stereotypes that he feels everyone has about his skin
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