Code of the Street Reflection Paper

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Name 1 Student Name Dr. Semu Code of the Street April 18, 2008 Code of the Street Reflection Paper Reading Code of the Street brought to light the reasoning behind actions I have grown up watching or at least knowing about. My county is highly populated with African Americans, especially the park area, which is more run down and has a higher prevalence of low income housing as well as crime. My high school is located directly across from a large trailer park and next to one of the most notorious drug complexes in the area. This book really struck home for me as I can now understand why so many people I went to high school with ended up in jail, with out jobs, or in the drug trade. A look at some psychological theories as well as expanding on Anderson's social theories helps explain the prevalence of the code. Anderson discusses the stereotype of violent drug dealing blacks that is generalized to all African Americans living in the general area. While I knew a fair amount of delinquent African Americans in my high school years, I also knew plenty of high achievers, or "decent kids." One of these decent kids even graduated at the top of our class and went on to go to Harvard. How's that for beating a stereotype. Anderson discusses the dilemma of code switching and the hardship that the decent kids experience due to a conflict in values and reinforcement. I would
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This note was uploaded on 05/11/2008 for the course SOC 3303 taught by Professor Semu during the Spring '08 term at McDaniel.

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