Segregation in America, Does It Still Exist?
Segregation In America Today
Segregation in America, Does It Still Exist?There are many who claim that segregation was put to rest with the enactment of the Civil Rights Bill of 1964.
Really though, does segregation still exist?
I believe it still exists, however it instills itself so subtly into our culture it doesn't occur to us to identify it as such. Other times it rears it's ugly head revealing how little progress has been made. While the days of segregation as seen in the photos on this page are thankfully long gone, it doesn't mean segregation has vanished from society completely.
I want to know what you think about segregation and whether or not it still exists.
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To determine if segregation still exists, let's define it:
1. to set or be set apart from others or from the main group
2. ( tr ) to impose segregation on (a racial or minority group)
Cruel Display of Racist Condescension in the Land of Segregation
Did Segregation End With The Civil Rights Bill?
Segregation in the form of separating schools, bathrooms, business establishments and the like ended with the 1964 Civil Rights Enactment, therefore from a legal position, segregation in America no longer exists.
However from other standpoints, for example; demographically or socially, does segregation still exist?
If we look at the definition of segregation: "to separate or set apart from others or from the main body or group", I feel segregation certainly exists and often thrives. And it's often by choice.
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Drive Through any Town or City
If You Really Look, It's Clear Segregation Still Exists
You know what I'm talking about. In the blink of an eye the crossing of a railroad track or river, you can be taken from a visually stimulating, thriving community to a downtrodden, windows boarded up, depressing area of town that can't begin to claim the title or atmosphere of "community".
It is old, run down, tired and worn out. It hasn't changed a bit in the past 60 years....since that decade that was supposed to change everything.
Does seeing the stark contrast of different neighborhoods in city after city make you wonder if segregation still exists like it does me?
Segregation is Often a Choice
Churches do it. The blogging world does it. Barber shops and hair salons too. College and universities, too many to list here, are notorious for it.
While segregation of schools is illegal, many people and organizations still choose to segregate or separate themselves from other groups of different races. Does this impede the way to end racism and create an environment of division and separatism?
"We must face the fact that in America, the church is still the most segregated major institution in America. At 11:00 on Sunday morning when we stand and sing and Christ has no east or west, we stand at the most segregated hour in this nation."
Dr. Martin Luther King
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So What Do You Think?
Anyone can participate and share their opinion. Please offer your feedback on segregation.
Is Segregation As Defined By The Dictionary Alive And Kicking?
Laundry is the only thing that should be separated by color.
My Unofficial Personal Statistics
I grew up in a city of approximately 100,000 in Michigan in the 1960s I started elementary school in 1961 at a school that was, my best guess, 60% black and 40% white. Today that same school reports that 69% of their students are black, 2% Hispanic and 29% are white.
When I was in 5th grade we moved and the new school I attended was 100% white. Really. Today this school claims a "diverse" mix of: 89% white, 1% Native American, 4% Asian, 2% Hispanic and 3% black. Not much changed, did it?
While these are just two schools in one small school district it was interesting to me to revisit the place of my childhood and discover little had changed at all. Interesting and highly disappointing.
This discovery indicates to me, that while segregation is indeed illegal, that doesn't mean it no longer exists.
Read More About Segregation In America
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2001 Perry, Florida
In 2001 this small town just 50 odd miles east of Tallahassee, FL made it big in the media. The residents of Perry still lived in segregated "harmony" until a lawmaker from Maryland, Talmadge Branch, was passing through one day.
Mr. Branch decided to stop in to the Perry Package Store and Lounge to enjoy a beer. He was bluntly told that "coloreds" weren't served in the lounge and he would have to enter through the back in order to enjoy his beer and lunch.
This apparently wasn't unusual in Perry, as according to residents all the bars in that town were segregated. The mayor, when interviewed for this story, actually used the term, "consensual segregation".
Mr. Branch himself was accused of coming to the town, just to "stir up trouble".
For more interviews and instances of "consensual segregation" you can read the entire story right here.
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But the divide isn't necessarily motivated by skin color, said Sparkman, 56, an African American who gets by on social security disability. Income, emotional ties to one's neighborhood, lack of opportunity to go elsewhere - all play a role in the racial makeup of Muskegon County's neighborhoods, she said.
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