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Segregation In Modern Society Part I: Introduction

Updated on December 2, 2015

“Race is a construct of the human mind not a creation of God”- Domenick J. Maglio PhD

Segregation, a tale as old as time, but isn’t it about time for that tale to end? Even in modern society, we find segregation everywhere we look. In America, segregation was only legally put to an end in 1968, but in 2015 it is still a very active part of our culture. Even after forty-seven years, churches and Greek organizations are among the few things that are still noticeably segregated. So I propose the question: is it intentional or just tradition?

Segregation dates back to the beginning of time, wherever a multicultural society is, segregation and discrimination can be found. The Nazis and the Jews, the Imperial Japanese Army and the Chinese, the Ku Klux Klan and the African Americans are among the hundreds of groups that have terrorized a race. But if we don’t learn from history we are bound to repeat it. With all the forward movements American has made up until this point in time, you would think that racism and segregation would be a breeze, but we’ve come to a stand still especially with all the police violence and Black Lives Matter movement.

But we, as humans, are drawn to what we know and what we are comfortable with. Unfortunately this falls under race. Which is why we are pulled to people and groups who seem similar to or have things in common with ourselves, rather than people that appear to be different. It seems to me that we are feeding the segregation unintentionally. Not only because it makes us all more comfortable but because of tradition. Especially in churches and Greek organizations it all comes down to legacy. Families did it, so as part of custom, we do it too.

The short story “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson written in 1949 explores this theme of tradition and why we don’t ask questions. In the story, a small village in New England has a lottery every year where the winner is stoned to death. This barbaric “prize” isn’t even questioned by the villagers. They thought just because generations and generations before them did it, it had to be done by them as well. But this is the age of change lets change segregation. So lets start asking questions, lets start breaking the status quo. Maybe together we can eliminate segregation altogether, even the unintentional kind.


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