Just Walk On By

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Brent Staples Storyboard Assignment

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  • Brent, a teen on his way to atop tier university, walks into the jewelry store to shop for some new hardware.  Profiling Brent as a suspicious black male, the clerk assumes Brent is a thief and brings her dog out to frighten him.
  • WANTED: Random Black Male
  • What are you doing here?
  • What did I do? I just want some jewelry.
  • As the dog becomes more and more aggressive and vicious, Brent decides to flee the scene. He was not a burglar or criminal to any extent. He simply had a serious phobia of dogs. 
  • WANTED: Random Black Male
  • Get out of my store!!!
  • ROOF
  • Without a flinch, the clerk calls the police immediately and reports that she thinks she has a potential suspect.
  • After a long day of work and studying, later that night, Brent is seen walking home by himself and is stopped by a cop. The cop assumes that Brent is a criminal and decides that he will take him in as a suspect to a robbery.
  • FREEZE! STAY RIGHT THERE CRIMINAL!
  • Now what?
  • The initial cop calls in for backup, because he is too afraid to confront the terrifying, Black male by himself. Brent immediately gets on the ground and puts his hands behind his head to avoid being violently beaten.
  • You have the right to remain silent!!!...
  • Brent ends up spending a night in jail and sits back and reflects on why he's there. But in all honesty, there's not much to reflect on. He was only in this situation because of his skin color and there was nothing he could do about it.
  • When will society recognize me as something more than a suspect?
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