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Complex People: Insights at the Intersection of Black Culture and American Social Life Paperback – May 5, 2015
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Daryl C. Howard is a Maryland public school educator and lecturer in the Sociology Department at Prince George’s Community College. Howard's academic credentials span the disciplines of Education, Sociological Science, and African Studies. For nearly twenty years, he has been impacting lives in various public schools, colleges, and community spaces.
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Focusing on the last chapter, complex identity, the theme of the chapter is that, without a cultural identity, the black community is subject to the media’s ability to define their culture. The gatekeepers of media project their dominant ideology onto the people, and that ideology “promotes a narrow cultural representation of black americans to the world.” (Complex People) The chapter purports that media gatekeepers are intentionally bypassing the responsibility of limiting negative content aimed at the black community to “sabotage black culture.” (Complex People) The lack of cultural structure allows this representation of black america to take hold and establish itself as the defining cultural identity. That's what I personally took from it.
I also liked the closing thoughts regarding blacks adaptation as "creative." A new unique, artistic culture has been create that black community shares in.
The writer highlights the differences between sex and gender, feminine or masculine traits, and the challenges associated with them. He talked about the importance of defining gender, which is useful information that presents a balance necessary for the stability of a society. Biases existing among male and female gender tends to define or influence them heavily on whom they are in the society and the role they play as individuals when they become older in life.