Manliness In African American Communities

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After reading Anderson's book, I feel that as a consequence of poverty and scarcity of resources in African American communities described by the author, the form of organization of the family is much like the extended family instead of nuclear family. Somehow they share what they in the family and help each other. The male takes on the challenge of manhood at an early age, and to show that manliness is crucial to survive and be respected in the community. I was impressed how manliness is shown through physical fight in contrast with white communities where “the fight for surviving is more intellectual.” It seems in those communities natural survival follows kind of the “survival of the fittest.” When Father Pfleger preached on Phillip’s funeral,

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