Synthesis Essay

Synthesis Essay - Drury 1 Summer Drury Professor Bailey...

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Drury 1 Summer Drury Professor Bailey English 1101 December 3, 2007 The Effects of Race Race is a defining trait for many people throughout their lives. Both Zora Neale Hurston, author of “How It Feels to Be Colored Me,: and Brent Staples, author of “Just Walk On By: A Black Man Ponders His Power to Alter Public Space,” realize that being black will affect their lives; however, they take it in stride and don’t dwell on it. They grew up in different places that shaped them both differently; however, in the end, it didn’t matter to them as they both found ways to fit in with others of different genders and still be productive in their lives. Hurston was raised in Eatonville, Florida, a quiet black town with only white passer-by from time-to-time, while Staples grew up in Chester, Pennsylvania, surrounded by gang activity from the beginning. Both Hurston and Staples share similar and contrasting views about the effect of the color of their skin, the different ways of coping with discrimination, and the time that they realized they were different. The effect of the color of their skin affected both Hurston and Staples similar ways. They coped with the effects of the color of their skin by removing themselves from certain things that are related to their color. For Hurston, growing up in a predominately black neighborhood, she saw white people, but only as they passed through the town. She loved interacting with them and even says that “The front porch might seem a daring place for the rest of the town, but it was a
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This essay was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course ENC 1101 taught by Professor Bailey during the Fall '07 term at Seminole CC.

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