Hally initially describes ballroom dancing as entertaining but not beautiful, emotional but not intellectual. What does this reference tell us about Hally's thoughts about Sam?  

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Hally's description of ballroom dancing as entertaining but not beautiful, emotional but not intellectual posits the type of dancing in which Sam and Willie engage as "primitive."  Hally decides to write his paper about the dance competition because he thinks it fits the topic of "cultural importance."  Hally asks Sam to describe the dance competition to him and all the while, Hally tells Sam and Willie that he will write about the primitive nature of the competition.  Hally's description of both ballroom dancing and the atmosphere of the competition suggest that he believes Sam is inferior to him.  Hally attempts to make Sam appear as childish so that he can use him as a scapegoat for his own childish and immature feelings and behaviors.  Hally shows that he has been caught in the mindset of apartheid, and that he views Sam and other black people and inferior.

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