Brent Staples: 21st Century Hero or 21st Century Sellout? Flop Assimilist of the Century

Famous New York Times journalist Brent Staples is an African American, in appearance alone. He, under no way, shape or form otherwise can be defined as a person of color as he familiarizes himself with contemporary, Caucasian-favored music.

Staples' work is not far from his outlook of life.

In Staples' works, Black Men and Public Space, he admits that in order to avoid otherwise unwarranted elements of discrimination. The question that is now up for debate; can this guy be considered more than just an "uncle Tom" journalist?

The bigger question on the matter is whether or not this tradition of assimilation is common within the black and even Hispanic communities? With a world as big and as hectic as the world of New York City. it is a common thread of life for many New Yorkers. In the city life, more than half the population is probably capable of defending the very same elements that mentally enslave them and/or allows them to enslave themselves.

Ever since the beginning of the second half of the last century, segregation and civil rights have been two fierce components in the lives of millions of colored people across the nation. Towards the end of the 1960s and into the 1970s (around the time Staples began his career in journalism and writing), while segregation began to simmer down and disappear; it did not die completely. With the rise of corporate jobs such as journalism and other competitive atmospheres, discrimination and racial profiling began to reappear, but this time resulting in the form of assimilation. With the rise of colored news reporters and journalists, a new sort of tradition began to materialize. This is a tradition that involves a man putting on their nice suit, forcing himself to make a "not so funny" as a sign of familiarity. The tradition has allowed the black male to lose focus on their goal in life and focus more on being the life of the unbelievably miserable party. However, there is digression.

Staples admits in his one-hit crap story that he is the victim of unfair racial profiling and would solace in humming a familiar hymn or tune, that Bach or Beethoven. It is also understood that the musically talented Mr. Staples "understands" why is thought of in such pathetic excuses for discrimination.
At the end of the day, it is still a product of racial profiling.

Staples, a Chicago-based reporter, is the last person that I would consider to be an elite in our society, for it seems that anybody can pull off his secret to success. Instead of going on and telling those profilers where they can go with their assumptions, he buys into the concept that it is impossible to be both a man of color and have only positive intentions.

Unfortunately, the gutless Staples is not the only black or ethnic man out there guilty of this disgraceful behavior. In popular culture, too many African American men and women are either forced or they choose to take some assimilating traits, such as laugh at cheap shots that no one else even bothered to understand. Across the country, there are men who have put their "roots" aside in favor of nice paychecks and comfort within both the office and in lifestyle.

Finally, back to Staples. In the world of journalism, he shows to be an on-the-level reporter, but also proves to be a criminal of assimilation. If by being dishonest to himself and everyone that views him as elite, then he is the lucky one for not receiving credit for it. The saddest thing is that by marking the likes of Staples as an elite New York Times columnist, it gives the idea that the practice of fitting in a certain social group is more important than acknowledging who one is and where they come from. For all those Americans who see nothing wrong with this mental slave-hold, then there is nothing that this article can do for you. However, if there is someone with even half a brain out in the world, then they would move further away from their conventional thinking and move into a more natural, anti-Staples revolution.

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