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Just Walk On By A Black Man Ponders His Power To Alter Public SpaceStereotypes affect different individuals regardless race religion sex and creedIn Just Walk On By A Black Man Ponders His Power to Alter Public Space Brent Staples demonstrates how a stereotype on race and sex can intervene with one another Each point whether a narrative or remark can have positive and negative outcomes on the audience Staples is trying to enlighten His thesis the ability to alter public space through racial stereotypes affected him as well as many other persons of his stature and skin color It not only influenced lives of people like Staples but infringed onto the victims of Staples and others like himStaples explains his thesis throughout the essay through narratives of incidents in his life He explains one encounter with a young white women on a deserted street in an impoverished section of Chicago 556 She glances back at him and disappears off into the dark In paragraph two Staples understands her thoughts of him being a mugger a rapist or even a murderer but her flight made him feel like an accomplice tyranny 556 It also made him feel like he was indistinguishable from the muggers and laid on him and unnerving gulf between nighttime pedestriansparticularly women and himself 556 This confrontation not only shows how a stereotype affected the thoughts of a female walking at night but how it negatively touched a black male Staples gives example after example showing a bigoted label he obtains due to his race and sex Not only females but males of the same race show a sign of uneasiness and discomfort when confronted by black males in insecure and dangerous areas In his essay he mentions Norman Podhoretz the writer of My Negro ProblemAnd Ours Podhoretz recalls in his essay that he grew up in terror of black males and that he cannot constrain his nervousness when he meets black
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