The Best American Essays - Study Guide The Public Sphere: On Being Black and Middle Class, The Killing Game, and The Dramaturgy of Death Summary & Analysis

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On Being Black and Middle Class by Shelby Steele: Steele considers the tension between two of the largest components of his identity: He is both black and middle class. In the sixties, the black movement defined itself along class lines; the prototypical black man was the poor black living in the ghetto. The middle class was seen as the black man's exploiter and oppressor. Naturally, this perception caused a great conflict in Steele, for he was simultaneously cast as both victim and victimizer.

The Killing Game by Joy Williams: Williams denounces the cruelty of modern hunting practices which, she says, revolves around a barbaric delight in killing another living thing. She systematically refutes...

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