In his essay “Black Men and Public Space”, Brent Staples attempts to introduce people to something most all are guilty of, but pay little attention to. Using accounts from his own and others’ experiences, Staples essay portrays the racist tendency of people to assume black men are potentially violent and dangerous. Staples discovery of this comes during a late-night encounter. A young white female, whom Staples labels “my first victim” (197), was walking down the street in front of Staples and was not comfortable with the space he provided for her. After a couple of glances back and changes in her pace, she soon began running and disappeared down a side street.
Martinez 1 Miriam Martinez Professor Wallace English 1000 “Effects on Prejudice” In the essay Brent Staples published, “ Black Men and Public Spaces”, has a great deal of prejudice towards him with people he comes into contact throughout his years living in the suburbs in Chicago and New York. Prejudice is based off generalized thoughts and placing characteristics on a human being only because he or she is a part of a certain group or like in Brent Staples case his race. The types of prejudices found in our society varies, from gender, to ethnicity, class and race just to name a few related to the Brent Staples’ story. What effects can, being prejudice have on our society? The effects can have an overwhelming impact on a person’s ego, race comes into effect, and sets boundaries to what a person can or wants to do in life, also it limits experiences from those who are showing prejudices.
It seems that today’s youth, is engulfed in the hip/hop culture. Rap music portrays African Americans in a negative light through its lyrics. Many rap lyrics consist of horrible tales of violence, such black on black violence, alcohol abuse, and drug related crimes. Rap basically adds on to an already existing stereotype that all black males are violent and dangerous. This in turn makes life even harder for young African-Americans because now they are looked upon as being a “potential threat” to a person’s life.
(Crystal) Amos ‘n’ Andy permitted the viewer’s to watch each week a middle class minority group that projected very negative stereotypes for a laugh. The show caused a divide that was able to impact the viewing audience, because “on one hand, organized middle class blacks winced at the thought of their collective image resting in the charge of two white men whose adult life had been devoted to week after week of creating a nationwide running gag about blacks" (pg. 30, 31) For the black protestors of the show like the NAACP, they were very distressed by the poor distorted representation of the black middle class. But for the black actors and viewers this was an opportunity for racial accumulation on TV. (Yvonne) The book also talks about how the show created increased opportunities for black actors.
Staples emphasizes that “Black men have a firm place in New York mugging literature” which has been instilled by the dominant culture who act as victims by stating they recall “growing up in terror of black males” (465). Thus, otherness in society, in terms of color, is almost always looked down upon and perceived as dangerous where as the dominant culture is rarely looked as in such way. People of color are frequently accused of doing wrong even if they are clearly doing no such thing. In fact, Staples explains about an incident in which he was unreasonably accused of being a mugger at a jewelry store. Staples’ skin color immediately caused the “proprietor [to] excuse herself and return with an enormous red Doberman Pinscher” (291).
As the result, the poverty was inherited to next generation repeatedly. Roger represents the group of the poor black men. His face was “dirty” and he was “frail and willow-wild” in his clothes. In addition, he tried to steal money from Mrs. Jones illegally. About these problems, the writer tried to enlighten the poor black men through Mrs. Jones’ words although it is faint and indirect.
Racial Profiling makes the assumption that an individual of one race or ethnicity is more likely to engage in a misconduct than an individual of other races or ethnicities. (Racial Profiling, 1). Racial profiling can be humiliating to the victim. As stated in Black Men and Public Spaces it made the young man feel surprised, embarrassed and dismayed because the woman ran away simply because he was walking behind her on a street late at night. When people see a black male or group of black males out on the street after dark they tend to automatically jump to the conclusion that they must be up to no good.
These oppressions can lead to very intense psychological issues. Throughout this paper there will be discussions on numerous angles of the psychological issues homosexual black males are being faced with on a daily basis. In addition to psychological issues homosexual black males develop; we will discuss how gender masculinity and appearance has a major influence over discrimination among these males. To discover our identity in a world where discrimination occurs on a normal basis makes it hard for some people to accept who they really are. “Individual qualities and experiences that constitute the unique makeup of every human being are often overlooked as a result of social stereotyping.” Whether these stereotypes are about religion, race, or even gender, it doesn’t help society prosper.
The main issue is race was Zimmerman actually racist and did he profile this kid because he was black or did he look like a thug doing no good on the streets. What are the social dilemmas that are involved here or did the media use this man who may be a god man who made some bad choices and paint him as a racist individual who went out of his way to hurt and African America kid because of his color. What are ethical dilemmas and how do they affect us in our daily lives. Ethical dilemmas can also be known as moral dilemmas because choices or decisions may have to be made. This can be from a single person or a group of people and two choices must be made.
And Walker has been accused of reinforcing racial stereotypes in her depiction of male black characters as abusive and violent.”(2) Yet, such as in the story there are controversies over how Walker expresses herself in the book there are purposes for her strong words and intense images. For Instance the story introduced itself with strong words and intense images: “Dear God, He acts like he can’t stand me no more. Say I’m evil an always up to no good. He took my other little baby, a boy this time. But I don’t think he kilt it.