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James DorneyNovember 8 1998 Sociology 100Dr Spraggins Slims Table An Honest Look Into The Life Of A Working Class Black Person Slims Table written by Mitchell Duneier has been called a true stereotype buster due to its content in which it truthfully examines the lifestyles of working class black men The book is designed to break the common misconceptions imbedded in a majority of peoples minds over how a black man lives his life and why he in a sense does what he does thinks what he thinks and acts the way he acts Prior to the writing of this book by Duneier there were many common stereotypes of a working class black man which often caused negative attitudes towards them Although many of them are still existent and quiet prevalent Duneier sought to try and break these misconceptions in hopes to try and bridge the gap which has for so long been expanding between blacks and whites Slims Table appears to be written in a two-fold manner in that Duneier tries to explain and debunk two different yet equally important ideologies that have long since been associated to the black working class Duneier tries to show the solidarity of the black working class with the way he presents the book however there is an underlying tone in which he is trying to show that the black race in particular the struggling working class Is in no way hopelessly wrecked by the power of white privilege or racism He tries to debunk the unfortunate and yet demoralizing caricatures that for so long have been placed upon the heads of the black working class with such associations as poor uneducated unskilled and probably the most negative of all useless Yet it is the manner in which he manages to bring all of this out which is most impressing He remains quite unassuming and appearingly non-subjective yet he is stating his points and supporting them
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