Racial Stereotypes : Racial Stereotype

844 WordsSep 25, 20154 Pages
Although Racial Stereotype is something we experience daily, people should not be quick to judge or make conclusions based solely on skin color. Not every stereotype is true. Staples introduces himself by using the words “first Victim” by doing so he sets a picture in the mind of the reader that when he came up behind the lady on the street, something was going to do happen to her. He is faced with different stereotypes that he experiences daily from different races. Throughout the essay Staples makes the argument that racial stereotype is wrong .Staples explains his thesis through narratives of incidents in his life. He gives details of numerous accounts of people mistaking him for a thief or mugger. Staples experienced his first stereotype when a terrified woman perceived him as dangerous. Initially, he was surprised, embarrassed and dismayed all at once because “he was too soft to kill a chicken let alone hold a knife to a person’s throat.” However, he personally knows the draws for young thugs, and realizes that the woman had reason to fear such people. This also helps his argument, particularly because it appeals to pathos and fear of being misjudged wrongfully. Furthermore, it clarifies his emphasis that it mattered to him how he was viewed by others and being judged based solely on race is wrong because he used the words “fear” and weapon.” By using pathos, he creates an appeal to the reader from many different aspects. Fear is one emotion he tries to get at. When he
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