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Lim 1 Kasper Lim Writing 20 Mark Baker March 13, 2008 Unreachable Identity Imagine living a life where everything around you is impoverished and dirty . Now imagine living a life where everything around you is wealthy and clean . Dalton Conley, the author of Honky , experienced a childhood similar to that situation . As a child, Conley could not establish his identity due to the fact that he was a poor white student living in a neighborhood that was populated mostly by minorities . Honky should be placed in the high school curriculum because it explores the difficulties of establishing an identity in the American culture when race and social class applies . Dalton Conley, who is a part of the white majority, grew up in a housing project that was mainly populated by minorities – African-Americans, Hispanics, and Asians . As a child, Conley did not know the difference between his skin color and the skin color of others . Conley took this too far when he stole a baby from an unattended stroller . This was not an ordinary baby; the baby that Conley took was a black baby . Conley thought that the black baby girl could be his sister, but his mother became furious when Conley introduced the baby to her . As you can see, Conley was confused about his identity at an early age . He easily adapted to the lifestyles of the minorities because he was the only white person in his neighborhood . None of Conley’s friends were white and this had a huge impact on how Conley perceived his identity .
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Lim 2 Dalton and his sister, Alexandra, had to learn about the value of their whiteness by being the only white students in their school .
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