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Copy of Brent Staples- Just Walk On By: A Black Man Ponders His Power to Alter Public Space
Transcript of Copy of Brent Staples- Just Walk On By: A Black Man Ponders His Power to Alter Public Space
Born in 1951, in Chester, Pennsylvania
Earned his Ph.D in Psychology at the University of Chicago
He then went on to become a Journalist
This Essay was written by him in the Middle to late 1970's when he realized that his mere presence alone was enough to scare a white woman walking on the street late at night.
This made him think about race, gender, and social class in our society today.
Just Walk On By
Racial Profiling, what is it?
Racial Profiling: Racial profiling is a form of discrimination by which law enforcement uses a person’s race or cultural background as the primary reason to suspect that the individual has broken the law.
The term “driving while black” arose from the practice, as African American drivers frequently complain that police officers pull them over for no reason other than their race and the stereotypes linked to it.
Racial profiling isn't just against African Americans, it is against all races, muslim, hispanics asians, etc.
In his essay, Brent Staples says "I entered a jewelry store on the city's affluent Near North side. The proprietor excused herself and returned with an enormous red Doberman Pincher straining at the end of the leash. She stood, the dog extended toward me, silent to my questions, her eyes bulging nearly out of her head, I took a cursory look around, nodded, and bade her a goodnight." (243)
In this section of the essay, Brent briefly describes what just happened in this video. This often happens in shopping malls and stores but is now commonly known to happen to Muslims especially after 9-11.