The essay “Black Men Public Space” written by Brent Staples is about a man who discovers that his race and gender is enough to scare a white woman on the street. Staples is starting to realize that he’s a threat, so to speak, to the women in the in the essay and calls them his victims. Throughout the essay he describes multiple encounters with different women when he is just minding his business while they are terrified and thinking of the worst possible things. Staples begins to realize that racial stereotypes are becoming a major problem in the world and is effecting his daily life.
In the essay you can see that Staples is being credible by understanding what everyone else goes through when they see him. He is realizing that what everyone thinks of him is justified considering what was going on in that time. “I understand, of course, that the danger they perceive is not a hallucination” (par. 5).