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Summary Of Just Walk On By Brent Staples

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Brent Staples’ essay Just Walk on By (New York: Ms.Magazine, 1986) was is an autobiographical description and illustration on how racial stereotypes affect the word we live in. today. Staples went through many incidents throughout his life where he had to deal with people’s reaction to him being an African American male. in today's society. “ My first victim was woman---white, well dressed, probably in her early twenties. I came upon her late one evening on a deserted street in Hyde Park, a relatively affluent neighborhood in an otherwise mean, impoverished section of Chicago.” His first eye-opening encounter was with a white woman in a rich neighborhood in Chicago. One evening, Staples was walking behind a women( change to singular) with his hands in his pockets and she assumed that he was out to harm her, once she turned around and had seen that he was a 6’ ( in alphabets/ not numbers)African American male. After she had seen who was behind her she picked up her pace out of fear and was soon was running until she disappeared into another street, away from Staples. As a result, “I began to take precautions to make myself less threatening. I moved about with care, particularly late in the evening. I give a wide berth to nervous people on subway platforms during the wee hours, particularly when I have exchanged business clothes for jeans.,” emphasizes Staples. These occurrences essentially made him so conscious of scaring other people that he changed his entire routine to
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