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1 McIntyreSean McIntyreProf. Lee HarrisonENGL 1301 Thurs. 3:30-5:00 green2 December 2014Essay 3In Brent Staples Essay “Just Walk on By”, he described and argues the negative stereotype of an African-American male and the negative prejudgment based on those stereotypes. Staples uses a vast amount of strategies to grab his audiences’ attention, mainly focusing on emotional and ethical appeal using imagery (vivid details painting a picture of what is happening). Staples uses situations that may or may not be true to get his point across that African Americans are stillnegatively judged for the color of their skin. Staples also uses great detail in his essay so non-black people can picture themselves in that situation so they can feel the hurt, pain, and embarrassment that Staples himself never wanted to feel.Right from the beginning, using ethical appeal, Staples has already got the audience thinking racist and judgmental thoughts in the first 6 words of his essay. “My first victimwas a women”. Why did Staples use the word victim? The definition for the word victim is described as a personwho has been attacked, injured, robbed, or killed by someone else, so obviously the audience rightfully assumes something bad happens to the woman and the audience won’t assume a white guy did it, 9 times out of 10 a person would suspect an African American is doing the attack, robber, raping etc. on this woman. That’s exactly what Staples wants the audience to think. Staples never stated he was black but by simply using the word victim, the audience assumes the only person who could do such an evil act is an African American. Staples describes the woman as “white, well dressed, probably in her early twenties” and also describes when and where they
2 McIntyreare; “late one evening on a deserted street in Hyde Park”. You have a white wealthy young woman walking around a deserted street with was the audience assumes is a big strong African American male going after his “first victim”. You can imagine the scene; you can see Staples stalking his first victim of what could be many more, the panic stricken woman slowly picking

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