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,...
Not everyone has a special power to alter public space, but if you were different from your surrounding, then you would probably have a very good sense about what I am talking about. In "Black Space", Brent Staples claims that he is black man who whenever in public is meet with fear from his surr...
Cesar Augusto Gonzalez
October 14, 2010
Throughout history, literature has served as a way of expression. Human beings have poured out their feelings onto paper, as long as there have been people interested in them. Common themes have risen through...
Black People Perceived
In life they are some things that most people believe are right however, it does not is right, so a lot of people have problem with other ideas. Brent Staples in his essay gives us an example for this, some people have a problem...
Black Men and Public Space
Brent Staples (b. 1951), the oldest of nine children, was born in Chester, Pennsylvania. His father was a truck driver who lost his job along with 40,000 other workers in the 1960s because of plant closings in the area. The family was reduced to...
In “Black Men and Public Spaces”, Brent Staples is in his early twenties and is faced with the menacing crime of being a black man in the 1970’s. As Staples likes to walk the streets at night due to his insomnia, every stranger that comes close enough to realize that he’s a tall black man le...
Suspicions of the color black
Throughout the years, men of color have been labeled and placed at a lower level of civilization because of the color of their skin. With lists of unpleasant events, the narrator, the places in which the story takes place, and the reoccurring patterns o...
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 sub...
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 b...
In the essay “Black men and Public Space” by Brent Staples, he talks about how being a black man alters public space in a negative way. Altering public space is changing how a person, place, or thing makes you feel. It can be negative but it also can be positive. Some positive ways altering publ...
JACK C BUSCH
DR G MITSIS
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 BRIEF CONTENTS
PART 1 • GETTING STARTED
1. Becoming a Public Speaker
2. From A to Z: Overview of a Speech
3. Managing Speech Anxiety
4. Ethical Public Speaking
5. Listeners and Speakers
PART 2 • DEVELOPMENT
6. Analyzing the...