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Black Men and Public Space

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Stephanie De Guzman

on 4 April 2013

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By Brent Staples Black Men and Public Space Methods of Development The End! Activity Get into groups between 2-4 people. With your group define the following vocabulary words: Bravado (pg 169), Cursory (pg 170) and Skittish (pg 170). After that has been completed, flip to the back and brainstorm how we could prevent or eliminate stereotypes for the common good of everyone, and based on the chart shown underneath, give a detailed response as to whether or not you think stereotyping accomplishes anything? Question Video How do you feel about the video? Do you think that this is a
realistic portrayal of stereotypes and what happens when people
have them? If you yourself were to see this happening what would you do? Do you think you would be more pressured to call police based on race or would you call because of the crime that was committed? Be honest. QUESTIONS Narration: Staples is narrating personal experiences he had in his lifetime throughout the essay, this way the reader gets a deeper look into his perspective on stereotypes and this also allows the reader to rationalize and sympathize his point of view. Example from text "My first victim was a woman - white, well dressed, probably in her late twenties. I came upon her late one evening on a deserted street in Hyde Park, a relatively affluent neighborhood in an otherwise mean, impoverished section of Chicago." (first paragraph) Introduction Before we start our presentation here is a question we would like you all to think about and answer, which relates to the essay we just read: When you are walking towards somewhere at night or even during the day and you see
someone you do not know do you sometimes feel uneasy? Are there certain things that they do that make you feel this way or is there something in their appearance that causes you to feel uneasy in their presence? Our Answers:
Eye contact, or lack of (covering their face or purposely looking down at the ground)
Appear to be stumbling (drugs or alcohol abuse)
Make you feel like you are being followed (speeding up or slowing down) Can you think of any stereotypes that are intentionally meant to be compliments but instead are misconstrued as insulting? An example of a stereotype that is meant to be a compliment but can also have a double meaning behind it is: Black people are often times considered phenomenal runners. This justification can come across negatively because it may sound like we are implying that it is the one and only thing they are good at. Andrea DiToro, Danielle Poulin, Karl Dagher and Stephanie De Guzman 1) Why do you think the author wrote this essay? Our Answer: To show that even though there have been serious laws implemented to prevent racism, there is no completely effective way to stop the thoughts and beliefs of society. Brent Staples may have also felt it was time to step up and say something against stereotypes, prejudice and racism. 2) In your opinion does racism against black people still exist? or
have stereotypes adapted into a much generalized concept? Have they really changed at all? 3) Do you think/feel stereotypes arise from what others say? Or do you think that we are the ones that create the stereotypes based on what we see ourselves? 5) The second to last paragraph (read here) talks about precautions that this man takes to not come across as a threat to civilians. Do you feel that it is right and just for someone to change themselves in order to make society feel at ease? Would you change in order to be accepted into society and avoid being stereotyped against? Cause and Effect: Staples makes his point clear by contrasting his personality to how people perceive him. Staples described himself as a 'softy' while he's stapled with the stereotype of being violent due to his skin color. The story is ultimately set up so that Staples' situation is the cause and the reader's reaction is the effect. Example from text "..." 4) If it is not right to stereotype and judge others, then why do you think some people still do it? "The worst mistake of first contact, made throughout history by individuals on both sides of every new encounter, has been the unfortunate habit of making assumptions. It often proved fatal." - David Brin this graph shows the comparison of peoples ideas of stereotypes. 96 teenagers between the ages of 14-16 answered this. 32 males and 64 females. 40 blacks, 40 whites, 2 asian, 2 latino, 7 mixed, 5 others Other Examples: http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-racial-stereotypes.php In the video it states that "the 3 African-American vandals were generating more interventions and more calls to 9-1-1 than the white vandals. 10 calls made to 9-1-1 in regards to the African-America vandals as opposed to the 1 call made to 9-1-1 about the white vandals." "Avid Gamers Have No Social Life" Before our group starts we would like to just give forewarning that nothing in this presentation is meant to offend anyone, and in the case that it does, we are very sorry! Literary Devices & Theme: The theme of the story is stereotypes or racism First Person Narration: Brent Staples is the main character in the essay and refers to himself during various parts of the essay Flashback: The beginning of the essay starts off with Brent Staples recalling his first "victim" and what he recalls about the occurrence Conflict (Person vs Society): Brent Staples talks about the various times in which he experienced people being afraid of him or feel threatened by him
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