Claude Steele's Whistling Vivaldi: Race And Class

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Certain aspects of a person’s identity, such as a person’s race or class, that is out of their control, are almost always the very first factors that are used to determine their respect. There is a very common belief that Americans are very forward thinking and progressive, not allowing the aforementioned aspects get in the way of their perception of a person is formed. Even though this feel good mindset has been engrained within the nation, its not usually put to practice. Race, and class are two of the few factors that largely shape how we perceive another identity. Character, perseverance, motivations and talents are subconsciously viewed as secondary traits that people factor in after deciding how much of the stereotypes attached to one’s identity play into who they are as person. With this understanding, it brings forth the notion of whether people also decide the amount of respect that’ll be given to the individuals that they come across, based off race and class primarily. While many would disagree, race and class are some of the main ways we decide how much respect is given to one another. Its almost second nature to to people to just assign certain characteristics to people based off of these two factors. Even as harmful and detrimental as it …show more content…
Staples explains that as he was walking, he noticed people staring at him, crossing the street as he approached and tightening their grips on their loved ones. Just by being himself , he was seen as danger to these strangers. By accident, Staples found a way to combat this problem. He began to whistle songs by the Beatles and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, and almost immediately he received positive reactions. He noticed a sense of relief in the strangers and even got smiles out of some of

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