Staples opens up his article by commenting on the fact that his intimidating appearance combined with his race makes him an easy target for profiling. He recalls a time when he was walking down a street that wasn’t traveled frequently, and he came upon a woman walking alone. Staples continues on to say that even though he had no intention of hurting the woman her awareness of his presence influenced her to become apprehensive of him. He could hear her begin to quicken her pace step by step until she was in a full out run. She turned onto a side street to just to get away from him. This was the author’s first dose of racial profiling, and it was from that point on that he was on the lookout for profiling in every interaction he made with someone. The author questions how people can assume an aggressive nature when they don’t know the person. Staples states that he has a hard time putting a knife up to a raw chicken much less a persons throat. Staples claims he is a calm person who wouldn’t hurt a fly. He then states that when he walks across the street there is a constant thunk, thunk, thunk, thunk in his ear. According to Staples, that is the sound of people locking their doors when they see him in front of their cars.... [continues]
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