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Ian Judd English 2100 Prof. Hohl December 3 rd , 2007 Outside Essay III In Shelby Steele’s essay, “On Being Black and Middle Class”, he looks at the clash that came into his life in the 1960’s and persisted through the 1980’s. This conflict was between having a middle-class background which includes his middle-class values and his obligation to be African-American. Steele begins the essay by talking about his friend, who is also black. His friend insisted that one’s race can alter one’s class distinction. Being black was just that. “For us, as black professionals, it was an exercise in self-flattery, a pathetic pretension, to give meaning to such a distinction.” (Steele 735) The fact that classes exist put pressure on the unification that the black society thrives on. Because the white only took notice of the skin color of the blacks, they were limited by it. For years Shelby Steele was on the same side of the argument. The reason she thought this was because of her experiences in high school and college. She went to school in the 60s so
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This essay was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course ENG 2100 taught by Professor Schrieber during the Fall '07 term at CUNY Baruch.

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