• Stereotypes in Society
    Race and Gender vs. Stereotypical Society In Brent Staples "Just Walk on By: A Black Man Ponders His Power to Alter Public Space," he expresses the difficulties African Americans face in society. His essay is driven by emotion and resentment. He speaks on the role prejudice plays in his life and...
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  • Just Walk on by
    Amanda DeLong Professor Badenhopp ENG091-015 9/17/2012 Summary In “Just Walk On By: A Black Man Ponders His Power to Alter Public Space,” Brent Staples explains how a black man’s appearance after dark can change a person’s actions. Staples’ comes to realize due to his race, clothes, and hair...
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  • Summary of Brent Staples
    When Brent Staples published his piece, “Just Walk On By: A Black Man Ponders His Power to Alter Public Space”, in Ms. magazine it was very controversial. He was a black man, for starters, writing about racial profiling, and he was writing in a feminists’ magazine in 1986. Staples chose to submit...
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  • Racism
    deeply entrenched in American society” (Warren). Works Cited "Racism." Def. 2. Merriam-Webster. Online ed. 2011. N. pag. Web. 28 Sept. 2011. Staples, Brent. “Just Walk on By: A Black Man Ponders His Power to Alter Public Space.” Essay’s from Contemporary Culture. Ed. Katherine A. Ackley. 5th ed...
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  • Exemplification of Staple's Essay
    can positively influence the youth, the greater the rewards. Resisting the easy choice of becoming a thug; Staples chose to, “remain a shadow – timid, but a survivor.” (238). Work Cited: Staples, Brent. “Just Walk On By: A Black Man Ponders His Power to Alter Public Space.” Patterns For College Writing: A Rhetorical Reader and Guide. 11th ed. New York: Bedford, 2010. Print. ...
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  • Descrptive Essay
    Brent Staples: “Just Walk On By: A Black Man Ponders His Power to Alter Public Space” In Brent Staple’s essay, “Just walk on by: A Black Man Ponders his Ability to Alter Public Space. He describes how he is predisposed to purposeless discrimination because he is black. Staple’s shares a...
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  • Racist Society
    short story “Just Walk On By: A Black Man Ponders His Power to Alter Public Space,” written by Brent Staples, the author shares his own experiences of antipathy and hostility toward him caused by his own self. As a young woman, I met James Poindexter, a young man who suffered from these very same...
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  • Wrongful Judging
    Wrongful Judging In “Just Walk On By: A Black Man Ponders His power to Alter Public Space,” Brent Staple shares his experience as a black man in public places during the twenties. Staple at the time was twenty-two years old, and based on his appearance he was looked at as a criminal and rapist...
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  • The End
    The Effects of Stereotyping on the American Society American society is notorious for stereotyping people just based on their appearance and things that they have heard about their race and/or religion. In essay’s “Just Walk on by: A Black Man Ponders his power to Alter Public Space” by...
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  • Journal
    I found “Just Walk On By: a Black Man Ponders His Power to Alter Public Space” by Brent Staples, to be a very thought provoking piece to read. It was very easy for me to relate to what Staples was writing about because, I have been in many of those same situations myself. I also believe...
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  • Appearance - 1
    certain way. An individual appearance varies from one individual to another. Therefore, “don’t judge a book by its cover.” Works Cited Staples, Brent. Just Walk on By: A Black Man Ponders His Powers to Alter Public Space. Patterns for College Writing. A Rhetorical Reader and Guide. Laurie G...
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  • English Notes
    Brent Staples essay "Just Walk On By: A Black Man Ponders His Powers to Alter Public Space" is a great essay for readers to indulge in and get a better understanding of not only the misunderstandings of society but in writing style; exemplification. Staples is a victim of stereo-type (by race...
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  • Trials and Tribulations of Being Judged
    live, act, and perceive themselves. There are two versions of Staples essay, “Just Walk on By: A Black Man Ponders His Power to Alter Public Space.” The first essay he wrote when he was younger and much more fired up about how he was perceived in public. Staples is less compassionate towards the...
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  • The Power of Appearances
    The Power of Appearances There are many things that lead us to make assumptions about people that we don’t know; it may vary from the way they dress to the color of their skin. In “Just Walk on By: A Black Man Ponders His Power to Alter Public Space”, Brent Staples writes how he is judged by...
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  • Assume Only What You Can Prove
    . Race is another mental barrier people self-create to limit their freedom. Brent Staples, author of Just Walk on By: A Black Man Ponders His Power to Alter Public Space, describes how one night he was walking through a park and then was noticed by a rich, white female. The woman soon began to...
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  • Stereotypes
    Stereotypes Warp Your Judgments" and Brent Staples in, "Just Walk on By: A Black Man Ponders his Power to Alter Public Space", make it clear on why people stereotype and the effect it has on others. Judging others before you get to know them is very unfair and unkind. Especially judging them based...
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  • Changes Needed
    morning have everyone embarrassed and in a “hunch posture” says, Brent Staples in the book, Just Walk On By: A Black Man Ponders His Power to Alter Public Space. He speaks of being full of school spirit and making sure others show theirs but unfortunately it’s the opposite and it shows at sporting...
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  • Word
    Kenny Herrera Reeves 9/7/11 Journal 1 A Black Man Ponders His Ability to Alter Public Space In this article Brent Staples talks about his own personal conflicts he has had with stereotypes. Staples has had mutiple times in his life where people had been frightened, and misjudged him soley...
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  • The Ability to Alter Public Space
    JACK C BUSCH DR G MITSIS ENC1101 07 JUNE 2011 ESSAY # 1 The ability to “alter public space” can often be a negative reaction by society guided by fear and prejudice as depicted by Brent Staples’ in his essay “Just Walk On By”. But can one’s appearance “alter public space” in a positive...
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  • Black Men and Public Spaces
    The Real Victims of Sterotyping The name of the story is Black Men and Public Spaces. It was written by Brent Staples in 1986. Brent Staples is a black man who whenever in public is met with fear from others because of his race's stereotype. Feeling like a potential perpetrator can be just as...
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