Essay about `` Just Walk On By `` By Brent Staples

730 Words Jul 30th, 2015 3 Pages
Is racism over? The answer is no, rather than having their individual identity, black males are victims of discrimination. Instead of having a unique personality that one can recognize and distinguish, black men are members of a stereotype. It 's still happening to the point where policemen are killing innocent teenagers. Brent Staples is a journalist, born in 1951 in Chester, Pennsylvania. In his essay “Just Walk on by”: A Black Man Ponders His Power to Alter Public Space, Brent Staples tells the story of his experiences in being treated as a dangerous criminal, as a young black male. He described how a young white woman ran away from him, mistaking him for someone that was going to hurt her; then went on to explain how they took him for a burglar at his own job. Therefore, he finds a solution to put to those who fear him at ease. Although black males are making immense progress in the society, they 're still discriminated and judged because of their choice of clothing, hairstyle and actions.

The way the black males dress can convince someone to think that they are criminals or muggers. In the streets, their pants are always below the waist; jackets covering their face. Trayvon Martin was a teenager that got shot multiple times because he was wearing a hoodie mistaking for a criminal. At times the clothes don 't even matter, just because of race, we misjudge black males. Even dressed in fancy clothes, but we still would have that doubt in our minds that they could be…

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