He puts forth the idea of the misconception of blacks and how it should be removed from society.
People meeting strangers just to judge them because of petty facts about their race should be discouraged.
We strive to obtain attention, in most cases, from people to gain benefactors whom would help us in our lives.
Brent Staples essay “Black Men and Public Spaces” represents this idea yet it shows the highly negative aspect of how someone responds to who we are.
To him, seeming intimidating to others is discomforting.
Therefore he mentions how he “now take[s] precautions to make myself less threatening” (348) so the people will not feel his presence to be troubling.
Making his presence known also establishes the simple fact Staples is not trying anything.
By giving people the sense that he made his presence known, society recognizes him as a simple person, not a robber, mugger, or thief.
In retrospect, my shyness of combat has clear sources.
(348) Many times when a person grows up in such an environment, they would embrace such violence instead of running from it.