Summary Of Just Walk On By Brent Staples

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Throughout American history African Americans have been racially profiled as criminals and thugs for many years by other ethnic groups. Brent Staples, a journalist talked about his experiences being falsely labeled as a criminal by many, in his article written in 1986 titled, “Just Walk On By”, originally published in Ms. Magazine. Staples begins to build his credibly by using personal facts, testimonies, and using several emotional appeals.
In his article, staples uses personal facts to be able to connect with the audience that may have been through the same situations he has faced thought out his personal life and professional life. Staples states, “As I swung onto the avenue behind her, there seems to be a discreet, uninflammatory distance between us” (staples 1). His first encounter with discrimination was while he was walking in Chicago and seeing a young woman assume, based on race that he was going to harm her. This would not be the last time staples would feel discriminated against. When working in Chicago as a journalist, staples had yet another unfortunate instance being falsely labeled based on his race by law enforcement, “One day rushing into the office of a magazine I was writing for with a deadline story in hand, I was mistaken as a burglar” (Staples 2). Solely based on the color of his skin Brent faced racial profiling for simply entering the building where he worked at and being mistaken for a burglar. In the many stories Staples writes about his goal is to
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