Black Men and Public Space
I think the main idea of this essay is author using his own experience to tell us about that personal stereotype and ourselves' inattentive behaviours can alter public space in ugly ways. And the purpose is trying to teach us how to handle that situation with precautionary behaviours, do not judge people by appearances, and even you had been stereotyping, just be calm. As evidence, I offer the following supporting examples from this essay. Like in paragraph eight and nine, when author worked as a journalist in Chicago. One day he did not pay attention of his behaviours, he was rushing into the office of a magazine he was writing for with a deadline story in hand, he was mistaken for a burglar. The office manager even called security. He had no way of proving who he was. And another time he was on assignment for a local paper and killing time before an interview. He entered a jewelry store on the city's affluent side. The proprietor looked like she did not welcome author. She excused herself and returned with an enormous red Doberman Pinscher straining at the end of a leash. author took a cursory look around, and had to go away. That could be make people angry even insane. So author learned to smother the rage he felt at so often being taken for a criminal. Check paragraph 11 you will see how author try to figure it out. As he now take precautions to make himself less threatening. He move about with care, particularly late in the evening. He give a wide berth to nervous people on subway platforms during the wee hours. If he happen to entering a building behind some people who appear skittish, he may walk by, letting them clear the lobby before he return. , so as not to seem to be following them. He have been calm and extremely congenial on those rare occasion when he has been pulled over by the police. I totally agree with his idea. Sometimes when I eat in a restaurant, the waiters always make me feeling like stereotyping. As they just...
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