Kiese Laymon's How to Slowly Kill Yourselves and Others in America and Brent Staples' Black Men and Public Spaces

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In Kiese Laymon “How to Slowly Kill yourselves and others in America” and Brent Staples “Black Men and Public Spaces” both essays deal with being an African American man but the authors respond in a different ways. At one point in history being an African American wasn’t always the easiest but two Authors shared their stories about the experiences they had which were very different. Although the color of their skin is the same and how they treated was as well both authors take different precaution’s to handle the situations they were in to persuade the audience on how to deal with the effects of racism. Both authors show their hidden message through the actions presented throughout the essays. Laymon`s casual tone and will to fight make…show more content…
He also uses very vulgar language and says the word “Shit” a lot. When uses these terms laymon makes his story more relatable and is showing his true colors instead of writing how someone wants him to write. Laymon writes what truly happened as if we were reliving the situations ourselves with him there beside us. When it comes to Staples essay you may have a harder time reading it because he has a stronger use of language and uses words like “proprietor” and “constitutionals” with staples using this language it unrelatable unless you have a higher education. His writing seems as if he was writing this essay to a certain audience that is higher educated. The hidden message between “How to Slowly Kill yourselves and others in America” and “Black Men and Public Spaces” is eventually the best way to deal with racism and hardship is to take a peaceful approach and think about that actions or words you are going to say. Even though in the beginning Laymon was very aggressive and fought back without a second thought, he later goes on to tell you that truly doesn’t know all the right and wrong answers in life and that if he could go back in life and change a couple things he would but he still leave you hanging to make your own decisions of whether you think violence is helpful and resolves situations or if it just makes them worse. Staples goes through his whole essay being very peaceful and not causing trouble with anyone and

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