He narrates a personal anecdote about the path he takes to understand the effect his appearance can have on his environment. Staples describes his extreme frustration at the fact that racism plays such a large role in his life. The essay illustrates that prejudice and racism are still prevalent by using many examples, his intended audience, imagery, and comparisons. In this essay, Staples describes how he has always been discriminated against for being a black journalist in a white area of work.
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Please join StudyMode to read the full document. Writing for an audience of black men who have experienced discrimination. With a wise, inoffensive voice, but somewhat of a neutral tone, the author uses figurative language, writing techniques and diction to explain his purpose of writing this essay to explain to his readers of his past experience of being a black man in public places and the effect it has caused in his life. By using like or as, Brent Staples is comparing himself as an accomplice because the woman ran away from him: when the woman is running away from him, she is symbolizing that she is scared of him and his presence. By using personification to give an animal or a thing a human characteristic, Staples uses the word Morgan Allen Ms. Staples describes several different personal experiences of when he felt that he had been judged or discriminated against by other people based on the color of his skin and how that contributed to his overall appearance.
The fear of being anything like his father has been within Okonkwo since he was a young child. On many occasions…. The hatred the citizens felt toward the black community extended to anyone who became involved with them, especially the Finch family because Atticus was appointed to defend Tom Robinson. Scout and Jem suffered the most from the bullying primarily because they were children. Dolphus Raymond was a respected, wealthy member of the Maycomb community, but then he chose to live with the black community.
He also explains when he was young, people looked at him as a mugger or, a rapist or even worse. He is trying to bring discrimination problem into the spot light, a problem that should have disappeared hundreds of years ago. This problem still irritating the peace of this community and to find reasonable solutions for it, he is trying to make people sympathize with his cause by making them live his life in his own words.