In “Just walk on by…” Brent Staples recounts his experience with racial profiling and counter acts by expressing how the stereotypes do not relate to every black person. This essay is well written and includes good examples that correlates with the topic of stereotypes of the African-American males such as, them being characterized as “dangerous” or “young thug”.
Staples’s examples helped set the mood and the tone of how it felt to be an African-American male. Being seen as a threat makes Staples feel embarrassed and dismayed. The example of him walking down the street and the car doors locking really connects with how other black men are seen as muggers in public because of their appearance. It sets the mood of how he’s being discriminated
The thesis of the story “Just Walk on By” written by Brent Staples is how black males are viewed as threats and dangerous to people just because they are black. He explains how just the appearance of being a black male can scare people even in the business world black males are viewed as threats and how being portrayed as a scary black man effects your…
built by experience” (Unknown). The story Just Walk on By and Marigold all explain how life struggles force people to mature because it changes someone's perspective on things.
Sometimes people make a decision that can affect the people around them in a vigorous way or careless way. One example is the story Just Walk On By, by Brent Staples. Staples is an author and editorial writer for the New York Times who was born in 1951 in Chester Pennsylvania. When Staples was sitting in his office writing then…
30 October 2012
Just Walk on By
In Brent Staples’ essay, “Just Walk on By” the author describes his experiences, feelings, and reactions towards the discrimination he has faced throughout his life as a black man. Staples describes several different personal experiences of when he felt that he had been judged or discriminated against by other people based on the color of his skin and how that contributed to his overall appearance. Staples has continuously been perceived as a…