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Chapter 1

In Search of Respect: Ch. 1 Notes

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Maggie Cummings

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Chapter 1: Violating Apartheid in the United States ANTA02
Between 1985 and 1990, most of the time was spent at Ray’s crackhouses, a Puerto Rican man
Learning Street Smarts
Book is mostly about Primo, a manager at one of Ray’s crackhouses
The Parameters of Violence, Power and Generosity
Ray was leader of TCC (The Cheeba [marijuana] Crew) and la Mafia Boba (the sly Mafia), which
Primo was part of as a child
Primo is afraid of Ray because he raped a bum before
Ray even wanted to kill his best friend Luis because he wasn’t trusted
o Luis was Primo’s first cousin
Violence against others is needed to protect oneself and prevent rip-offs
o Primo ad Caesar saw it as necessary so others don’t try to take advantage of you
o Caesar is Primo’s lookout
The Barriers of Cultural Capital
Ray was smart drug dealer but didn’t have skill necessary to function in legal world
Confronting Race, Class, and the Police
Philippe was white, so others thought he was an undercover, so he was avoided
o Cops assumed he was a drug addict, so got harassed by them
Cops didn’t think author belonged in Harlem and didn’t believe he was an anthropologist, would
get mad if he tried to be polite and explain
Racism and the Culture of Terror
Michael Taussig said culture of terror is how violence dominates a vulnerable society
o Mainstream society de-humanizes victims
o Peacefully majority isolates themselves from street culture and internalize racist beliefs
Harlem could be violent, but during the day there was a sense of community, and even people
that disliked each other knew their nicknames
Internalizing Institutional Violence
In Manhattan, people were unlikely to be convicted harshly for selling drugs, let alone buying it
Game room is crackhouse that Primo manages for Ray
They all fear being held in jail for fear of being raped
Accessing the Game Room Crackhouse
Primo and Benzie (Primo’s other lookout) were skeptical of Felipe at first, but found him
intriguing after because they’ve never interacted with a mainstream white person before
Chapter 1: Violating Apartheid in the United States ANTA02
There is unwritten rule that using drugs is work of devil, but everyone does it anyway
Others thought author was gay at first because of the way he talked
African-American/Puerto Rican Relations on the Street
Puerto Ricans don’t like African-Americans, even though Anglo society would call some Puerto
Ricans black
Few black people worked for Ray, had Hispanic nicknames
Despite hatred for black people, they like their fashion
Caesar was cynical that Felipe could impact society with his book, no one expected anything in
return because they assumed Felipe was hustling like everyone else to make money
Felipe became an almost psychotherapeutic outlet for the gang members