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Has desegregation been a help or hurt to people of color, specifically the African American community?

Some people believe that desegregation has helped to advance the African American community, while others believe that it has gradually began to deplete the culture and sense of community brought over from African during the diaspora. My challenge for us as global citizens is to maturely discuss issues with race and ways that we can progress forward for the betterment of humankind. Also, I wanted to courageously share with you a topic that comes up in African American conversations. My knowledge is limited to the African American community, but this conversation is open to all who share a similar experience.

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    Nov 5 2012: I saw "White Only" water fountains, restrooms, and restaurants in Mississippi in the 50's. As a newcomer to the South I got mobbed and thrashed by (fellow) whites simply for conversing with a black kid on my first day of school. Is anyone going to argue that such a system should not have been abandoned?
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      Nov 5 2012: Hello Edward. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and personal experience. The type of segregation that you speak of was a forced segregation in which one segment of society, African Americans, were not given the same liberties as others. This in turn sparked the ideal that desgregation is freedom. When the opportunity came for African Americans to desegregate, although the intent and outcomes outway the negative, some believe that this has caused a collapse in the community. Many of the leaders that once had to reside in primarily African Ameican communities are now intergrated into more diverse communities. Personally, I believe that you are the change that you want to see and it does not matter where you stay. However, many think otherwise due to the current state of predominately African American communities.
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        Nov 5 2012: Sorry Ms. Hill, I do not get your point. Are you saying the passage of the civil rights bill was a bad idea? I cannot respond to your several points until I know what your message is. Please clarify. Thank you!
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          Nov 5 2012: Thanks for the feedback Edward! Personally, I am a progressive. However, the issue that I have heard from some in the African American community is that desegregation has resulted in a lack of community, culture, and unity. The trend that I have noticed is that many feel like African American culture has been "watered down" since desegregation. For example, you have many Asian communities that share a common culture. Many places have a "Chinatown". However, to find an African American community of the equivalent is difficult or does not exist. Some blame this on desegregation. Civil rights are a no debate. Yes, society needed to advance forward. For those African Americans who believe that they have had their culture "robbed", segregated communities provided unity. Again, I am a progressive, so these are not my thoughts. I am just a conduit for some that think this way. I would hope that no one would ever want to go back to the days of "Whites Only" fountains. Just the thought of this saddens me. I think that people who feel this way about the African American community have not totally bought into the beauty of diversity.
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        Nov 6 2012: You lament the scarcity, or absence, of African-American towns? Sorry, but at first glance that looks petty and misguided. It still sounds like you are saying degegregation was not a step forward in the journey to buying-in to the beauty of diversity. Again, please be clear on this exact issue.
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          Nov 6 2012: I believe that desegregation was a step forward. I do not have any regret over the absence of African American towns or communities. I am sorry that you feel this way but this is an issue that many African Americans struggle with and desegregation is seen as the root cause. The exact issue is that many feel that the African American community suffered as a result of desegregation. Although new opportunites arised, many feel like culture and pride in the community were lost as a result such.
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        Nov 6 2012: I see. You are speaking on behalf of "many African Americans" about their opinion or perception with which you do not agree? Respondents should not address your personal beliefs, but the beliefs of those absentee people for whom you are speaking? Is that correct? Thanks for your patience Ms. Hill.
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          Nov 6 2012: Correct Mr. Long. Thank you for seeking to understand.

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