Paper 4

Topics: White people, African American, Affirmative action Pages: 3 (1128 words) Published: May 11, 2011
In Brent Staples “Just Walk on By: Black Men and Public Space,” and Zora Hurston’s “How it feels to Be Colored Me,” both authors face discrimination because of their color. While each author begins to feel discrimination in their lives, they accept how they are treated in society, and they both overcome being angry at others for the way they were treated.

While both authors face being discriminated against during their lives they realize that society treats them differently. Staples begins to feel this discrimination after moving to New York, he would walk the streets at night and he felt that others became nervous around him because of his color, especially white women. The author says “It was clear that she thought herself the quarry of a mugger, a rapist, or worse” (Staples 383). Staples shows that society put him into a category that was only based on his color. Staples begins to feel more familiar with others actions around him. Hurston also feels discrimination based on her color while growing up, she says “I remember the very day that I became colored” (Hurston 182). The author states “I was not Zora of Orange County any more, I was now a little colored girl” (Hurston 183). Hurston figures out that society viewed her differently than she viewed herself; while this didn’t upset her she was aware that she was treated differently because of her color. Staples accepts the way people act around him, while Hurston realizes that character is more important than race. Although both authors are put into a stereotype that is based on their color, they both decided to accept the way they were treated while moving on with their lives.

Each author begins to show how they accept the way they are treated. Staples and Hurston both feel discriminated against but they choose to accept this way of life. While staples was put into a stereotype of a black man who might be a rapist or a mugger, he decides to make an effort to make others comfortable in public space....
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