Stereotypes, History, School, and Original Opinions.

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In Brent Staples’s essay “Just Walk on By: A Black Man Ponders His Ability to Alter Public Space”, Staples explains how black men are discriminated against in public through the events that happened in his own life and the lives of others. Brent Staple says that stereotypes usually mislead and have bad effects. He says that stereotypes affect the stereotyper. People perceived that Staples was - a black man - as a mugger or sometime even a rapist just because the color of his skin, especially white woman with well dressed, and in her early twenties. The author was known as a night walker. He always walked at night, so when woman saw him behind, she ran away after a few quick glimpses. He saw people who crossed to the other side of the street rather than pass him. Staples says that stereotypes affect the person being stereotyped. Whenever people see a black male they get nervous because all there stereotypes. The stereotyping of black men have been seen as rapists, and muggers. "In that first year, my first away from my hometown, I was become thoroughly familiar with the language of fear". A lot of the times, he was victim of being stereotyped. He was mistaken for a burglar when rushing into the office of a magazine where he was writing for. When he entered a jewelry store, the proprietor brought out a enormous attack dog. In Howard Zinn's essay "Stories Hollywood Never Tells", Zinn says that history won't be told by Hollywood. He begins with the Revolutionary War not from the standpoint of the schoolbooks, but from the standpoint of war. We must acknowledge not just that Americans were oppressed by the English, but that some Americans were oppressed by other Americans. Zinn says that how the Mexican War started, the truth if the story was told from the point of view of an ordinary soldier, or of one of the Massachusetts volunteers. The stories have never been told

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