Just Walk On By Brent Staples Summary

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A Victimless Crime In Brent Staples, “Just Walk on By: A Black Man Ponders His Ability to Alter Public Space”, Brent takes down a journey of what it is like to walk in a black man 's shoes. Brent starts his story with a riferting sentence on how his “first victim was a women—white, well dressed, probably in her early twenties.”(Staples, 1) This white women was his first victim because he was simply walking behind her, on a dark night. Brent continues to show numerous other encounters where he takes his victims. It was his first year in the big city of Chicago. Brent speaks of not even being allowed to cross in front of cars at a stop light without knowing he seemed dangerous to the crowd. As Brent walked, he heard “thunk, thunk, thunk, thunk …show more content…
Brent really describes the perspective that we all miss. When we bully people just because of their appearances we do not take into consideration their feelings at all. People tend to get bullied for many different reasons, their shape, size, skin color, language, and for artificial things like clothes. The problem with the way we handle things and people we don 't like, is we all have something that we don 't like about ourselves. To judge someone just because he is many feet behind you on a street in New York, because he is black is absolutely unbelievable. As Brent stated He was “uninflammatory distance” between the women and himself. (Staples, 1) Yet she was still panicked from the terror of the young black man behind …show more content…
The best guess is due to the slavery the south was to proud of. To have men and women of color be the people who cleaned, cooked, and worked for us. Working these humans into the ground day by day must of had them grow anger within them. This anger the “slaves” had was destined to come back up in the future. With the riots we all see on the news and hear about on the radio. This is where our terror comes from. It comes from the people high up in the society. The people that are supposed to make us ALL feel safe. This people in power due just the opposite. They make one side be the bad guys and have the other side sit in terror of what they could do. As a nation we focus only on the negative of our citizens. If it bleeds it leads. WHy are we living in a world, that turns races against one

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