Fear can come from the unknown or from dangers happening presently. But as Staples' tells his story, it seems evident that the people who feared him only felt that way because they were following an unjust stereotype. In effect, creating danger where there was none before. It is unfortunate because in many cases the stereotype is an inaccurate representation of a certain group of people and can inadvertently produce bigotry. Those who experience the sting of being scrutinized often become isolated or angry at society. Staples' mentions in his story how he chose to "remain a shadow - timid but a survivor" to contrast the attitude belonging to his friend, brother, and cousin who he says had "all gone down in episodes of bravado on the street". The way the author accepts the misconstrued preconceptions implemented on him and people of his race shows how cruel and ignorant society can be when judging their fellow man.