Black Men and Public Space

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Black People Perceived

In life they are some things that most people believe are right however, it does not is right, so a lot of people have problem with other ideas. Brent Staples in his essay gives us an example for this, some people have a problem with dark skin or any color unlike them self. Specifically the black man because they think he is a bad man and never talk with them. Additionally, some people think black people are murderers and use drugs. Staples write, “It was in the echo of that terrified woman's footfalls that I first began to know the unwieldy inheritance I'd come into – the ability to alter public space in ugly ways. It was clear that she thought herself the quarry of a mugger, a rapist, or worse. Suffering a bout of insomnia” (Staples 294). He said, that the women had feelings, she is afraid of him and he thinks she thought he is a murderer and dangerous, just because he was black. This is not fair and I ask how he was feeling in the event? He talked about black man but he meant that all black people have a huge problem in the black community. A hundred years ago, the black people work in the big countries and companies and these countries and companies did not give black people money, black people worked just as slaves for them, they worked in the gold mines and service for the wealthy and they lived without rights, they couldn’t like houses, land or horses. Also, they couldn’t work and the community did not respect them or their family. The black people were feeling bad and hated everything around them. But they tried to live with safety, so they did not talk about anything. According to Staples: “Over the years, I have learned to smother the rage I felt at so often being taken for a criminal. Not to do so would surely have led to madness. I now take precautions to make myself less threatening” (Staples295). He said always try to not be angry because that appear him to be a criminal. So,...
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