Wednesday, February 18, 2009

"Black Men and Public Space"--Brent Staples

Complete the analysis
of "Black Men and Public Space" by Brent Staples (story link is available to the left). This analysis was composed by Staples himself. Work hard to write COMPLETE ANSWERS, USING TEXTUAL EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT YOUR POSITION. IT IS UNACCEPTABLE OTHERWISE.

You may need to refer to the following link: an interview with Malcolm X in which he describes the term "Uncle Tom" (a question in the analysis).

1 comment:

prodigyarkee7 said...


1.) The persona i think the author is giving off in the story is that he was trying to be at first was acting like he was a criminal when he says "My first victim was a woman--white, well-dressed, probably in her late twenties." Then again i think he was being rational because most people feel threatened when they are the only person on the street seeing there is a person that looks scary to you. Everybody has that feeling once in a while to make then feel insecure.

2.) His thesis in the story is that because of his skin color there is a shadow cast upon the African American culture or race in a negative way."I first began to know the unwieldy inheritance I'd come into--the ability to alter public space in ugly ways."

3.) I think the authors purpose of the story is to inform his readers about how he never felt that feeling of not being satisfactory in the eyes of the public.

4.) I think his audience was for both for blacks and whites. He wants both races to know his feelings on the situation.

5.) The essay is presented in a form that he was enraged " I learned to smother the rage I felt at so often being taken for a criminal."

6.) I was sympathetic at his persona because it happens a lot and could make a persons self esteem feel low.

7.)i think one still can achieve the American dream because ones dream could just be to survive and just because they changed to survive and achieve their goals.

8.) When you see yourself as a victim your setting yourself up to be victimized.