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feelings are somewhat justified by statistics, what's the problem with their reaction? What can be done about it? THE ISSUES 1. Is Staples’ experience unique from his perspective as a large, tall black man? Explain. 2. Staples handles his rage in a rather unique way. What is it? 3. What does Staples’ subdued tone tell you about his character? 4. Do you think we make false assumptions that people are up to no good if they are on the street late at night, even if they have a good reason for doing so? Before you know his reason for being out late at night, why do you think he was out late? 5. If you had been in Staples’ situation, how would you have handled it? 6. Would Staples have been successful in his profession is he had remained in Chester, Pennsylvania, his hometown? Why or why not? Blog Questions Feel free to post a comment about Staples' essay, the phenomenon he describes, or related issues or experiences. Here are a few possible discussion topics: 1. How relevant is Staples' essay (written and published in 1986) today? Do you think young black men have the same effect on public space in 2011 as Staples' experienced twenty-five years ago? 2. What IS Staples' attitude about this phenomenon? Is he bitter? angry? disappointed? understanding? (Give evidence). And what IS his purpose? Explore the connection between his tone and his purpose. 3. How does Staples consider and appeal to his audience? Does he avoid alienating or accusing his reader? If so, how? 4. Share your own experiences as they pertain to the essay--when you've instinctively judged someone as a threat, for example, or when you've been perceived as a threat yourself.
5. Explore the idea introduced in par. 2 and reinforced in the analogy of the hiker's cowbell: that "being perceived as a threat is a hazard in itself". 6. What, if anything, can be done to avoid or reduce these incidents? (Where do such assumptions come from? Can we ever stop making snap judgments?)

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