... Men and Public Space- an Analysis Black Men and Public Space, by Brent Staples is a thought provoking essay on his experiences as a young, hefty, black man in urban America.
Brent Staples starts his essay with the recounting of an incident that took place over ten years ago on a lonely street, late one evening in a comparatively well-off part of an otherwise poor area of Chicago. He was then a graduate student, just arrived at the University of Chicago from his hometown of Chester, Pennsylvania.
As the author walked to get the better of his insomnia, he found himself behind a young, white, lady. While the author perceived he was at a ‘discreet’ distance from her, the white woman was clearly uncomfor...