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Staples write, “I First began to know the unwieldy inheritance I’d come into- the ability to alter public space in an ugly way” (566).It is clearly stated in the previews quote that the author is now experimenting a new way of social awareness that it’s brought upon him by just being that way he is.Human beings have poured out their feelings onto paper, as long as there have been people interested in them.
best, gwendolyn I’m disappointed that Brent Staples made this request but I understand why.
I know what it’s like to feel like your content is stolen and distributed around the web, often to the benefit of someone else’s bank account.
you have posted on your “write alley” website my essay “black men and public space” otherwised titled “Walk On By: a black man ponders his power to alter public space.’ The piece is COPYRIGHTED material and should not be posted. Thanks much Brent Staples Here’s my email in response: Dear Mr.
My students write about your essay for a midterm exam and I put it online so students who forget their textbook will have access to it.
It is surprising how fast people tend to judge yet it also can be way of protection.
Even though the author might not be the real aggressor that does not takes the fact that another man like him could be the authentic one. Fear of loosing what’s theirs, fear of the police, fear of politics, fear of what’s unknown and different.
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 lets their fear take control of them as they avoid him to the point of fleeing.
To the eyes of people (mainly women) at night, he was no different from any other thug or criminal who prowls the street.
Having moved to New York, and growing accustomed to being perceived as a threat, Staples learned to properly give people their space to intimidate them less as he walks the streets.