• 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 his...
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  • Just Walk on by
    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 some people become frightened...
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  • Stereotypes in Society
    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 the world around him. Staples explains how...
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  • Racism
    deeply rooted it is often times unnoticed, except to those who are the victims of such actions. In “Just Walk on By: A Black Man Ponders His Power to Alter Public Spaces”, Brent Staples speaks of incidents in his life that led him to feel like an outsider. Incidents that my own father experienced when he moved...
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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 series...
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  • Exemplification of Staple's Essay
    The essay by Brent Staples, “Just Walk On By” is popular because most everyone has been exposed to a form of racism in their own lives. In today’s society, we are “judged” every day. Whether is it on appearance, our speech, or our standing in the social crowd, it is happening. Staple brings this point...
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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. Besides...
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  • Racist Society
    prejudice. In the 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...
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  • The End
    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 Brent Staples and “The Ruins of the Future: Reflection on Terror, Loss...
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  • Appearance - 1
    Appearance The way we dress, walk, and talk says a lot about us. Physical appearance has to do with how a person grooms himself or herself. This narrows down the clothing and accessories one wears. Although appearance should not be how we judge a person, most of us get that habit from our family....
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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 that...
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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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  • 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 strangers...
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  • Stereotypes
    positive or helpful about stereotyping? Robert L. Heilbroner in, "Don't Let 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...
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  • Assume Only What You Can Prove
    encounters a man at a bar and a man with a wife on a flight to San Antonio. After describing each meeting, she ends up complaining about her disgust for men. Obviously, it's not right how some of the men treat her, but her generalizations about men are soon disproved. When the last man in her story...
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  • Changes Needed
    I’ve always had thoughts and hopes for changes to be done to not just benefit myself but all students who attend Lindsay. Though, recently my opinion has reached an all time high. My thoughts on changes that must be done are not just towards the school but its faculty as well that need to change. My...
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  • Trials and Tribulations of Being Judged
    The Trials and Tribulations of Being Judged Both Brent Staples and Malcolm X’s essays touch on the subject of racism. The authors are similar in the sense that they discuss the problems they face as African Americans living in America, where white people are often considered “superior” and African...
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  • Word
    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 on the fact that he was a black male. He...
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  • Culture
    pleading for the camera not to leave them alone. They ride on horseback in winter, wearing negligees, singing about how lonely and bored they are without a man. Sut Jhally, a media critic and Ph.D. in communication at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, has created a film entitled “Dreamworlds: How...
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  • The Ability to Alter Public Space
    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 manner? Because of his appearance as a young, burly, six-foot-two black man with...
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