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By Phyllis Goldstein

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A handy Hatred chronicles a truly specific hatred via strong tales that let readers to work out themselves within the tarnished replicate of heritage. It increases very important questions about the implications of our assumptions and ideology and the methods we, as contributors and as contributors of a society, make differences among "us" and "them," correct and unsuitable, sturdy and evil. those questions are either common and specific.

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That are ascribed. It is these qualities that influence their privileged status. How does a society form ideas, images and definitions about various social classes and the extent to which they are entitled to share society’s resources? What are the societal beliefs regarding factors and conditions that contribute to upward mobility? In other words, where does the notion originate that our system of stratification in the United States is predicated on a class rather than a caste system? Clearly, there are favorable cultural images associated with individuals who are members of the upper and middle classes.

Accordingly, it is believed that individuals who become wealthy and experience upward mobility do so because of hard work. By contrast, it is commonly assumed that individuals who hold an economically depressed status do not subscribe to a strong work ethic, and that those who are impoverished have a disaffection for work. Thus, a stigma is 20 THE SOCIAL SIGNI FICANCE OF CULTURAL I MAGERY associated with social and economic programs that are designed to provide America’s impoverished with the basic necessities of life.

13 Verta Mae adds that Gyland Kain, in his poem “The Blue Gorilla”, says, “The big ample bosom of mammy is as American as apple pie. ”14 Another characteristic of mammy are her shiny white teeth, which she displays constantly. The conspicuousness of mammy’s teeth can be attributed to several factors. First, during slavery, Europeans and Americans were impressed by the soundness of slaves’ teeth. The continuous displaying of teeth, in a grin or smile, suggests satisfaction or contentment, which was important to slave owners.

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