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Just Walk on By: Black Men and Public Space

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JEHDEIAH MIXON

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Transcript of Just Walk on By: Black Men and Public Space

Just Walk on By: Black Men and Public Space
Introduction
Contextualization: Overall B.M.A.P.S is a social commentary, on the cultural climate regarding the American view of "Black Men"
Staples argues that "Black Men" will always be perceived as dangerous which, "is a hazard in itself"
Staples himself is a well educated "Black Man" earning a doctorate in psychology, he is an accomplished writer (having many published works). He is also on the New York Times editorial board.

Logos
Logos wasn't employed through the use of statistics or facts based off of scientific studies etc.
Ethos
Steams primarily from his Doctorate in psychology "the study of the human mind and its functions..esp. those effecting behavior."
Pathos
Uses personal narrations to thug on the heart strings of the audience.
Characterizes instances where he's been lumped or profiled negatively.
By default this arouses emotions within the reader
By: Felicia Hall & Jehdeiah Mixon
Title Choice
The title is an important aspect of the piece of literature as a whole.
It communicates so much yet while at the same time communicating so little.
"Just Walk on By:" exudes tones of:
helplessness
passiveness
submission
resembles a form of response or solution to a situation

"Black Men and Public Space"
exudes an lack of emotions
clear and concise
the diction and structure of this portion of the titl employs a "lab rat " vibe
Audience:
Appeared in Ms., (women's magazine) as well as many other magazines.
The intended audience all of America
But especially women as Stables points out because; "Women are particularly vulnerable to street violence, and young black males are drastically overrepresented among the perpetrators of that violence."
Logos was employed through the rhetorical device of narration...where Staples provides first hand experiences to prove his point.
. From being a black male himself.
sadness (maybe even hopeless)-because of racial prejudices
indifference 
nonchalance -because that's just the reality of the world as well as human nature.
Rhetorical devices
Diction- formal eloquent (used to make a point that he is not the stereotypical "Black Man"
imagery- creates mental images in the mind of the reader so they are able to stay engaged.
Narration- balances out the formal diction. While humanizing the passage by gathering real perspectives.
Use of varying examples-provides contrasting situations beyond Staples encounters. This eliminates bias.
Counter Argument:
One might pose the idea that what if the actions taken by the "terrified" were not in response to Staples being a "Black Man". That maybe he's paranoid and overly conscious of the fact that he's black and imagines that these things are deliberate actions against him. That maybe the problem isn't the majority of society..but himself.
Conclusion..Staples deduces that basically walking on eggshells is the solution to the problem.
"I learned to smother the rage"
"I move about with care, particularly late in the evening."
"I give a wide berth to nervous people on subway platforms during the wee hours.."
"...entering a building behind some people who appear skittish. I may walk by, letting them clear the lobby before I return.."
Is it the responsibility of the black male community to ease the fears of society by "walking on eggshells?"

As a whole does the black community contribute to the fearful attitudes of society towards black men?
Will the "fearful" increase when the blacks become the 2nd highest majority in America (after hispanics) in 2060?
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