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Although the fight to stop racism has made huge strides since thirty years ago racism is still alive and well today Racism has become such a deep-rooted part of society that it often goes unnoticed in our everyday lives In Brent Staples Just Walk on By A Black Man Ponders His Power to Alter Public Space and Austin Clarkes A Stranger in a Strange Land both authors speak of how they deal with the burdens borne by someone who sees himself or herself and is seen by others as an outsider Although both Staples and Clarke face this problem the two respond to the dilemmas they face in different ways By engaging in simple tasks such as taking a late night stroll Staples automatically becomes subject to others racism and fear His everyday life is under continuous scrutiny by a white society that both fears and misunderstands him Staples introduces the very extent to which society fears black people in the first sentence On a late night saunter his first victim is a woman - white well dressed probably in her early twenties Fortunately in reality the woman is not the victim of any black on white racial violence but unfortunately Staples is the victim of white racist presumptions about his character that are based solely on the colour of his skin This incident makes him realize he has the ability to alter public space in ugly ways sadly however it is only the beginning of Staples encounters with a predominantly white society and their racial stereotypes Staples realizes that women have a right to be weary of men while they are alone at night however he takes no solace against the kind of alienation that comes of being ever the suspect Somehow despite all the animosity Staples faces he consciously or perhaps unconsciously decides that he will remain a shadow timid but a survivor He figures it will be better to accept how society
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