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Rocky Michelle

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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 17 2012: Hello Colleen. Personally, I do not think that the disconnect is from guilt or shame. Africa is comprised of many countries and tribes. The parts make up the whole. I believe that often times people look at the shared physical characteristics, ie skin color, of Africans and African Americans and believe that there should be a connection. The Nazi's in Germany did many horrific things to the Jewish people. But when we speak of that we make a clear distinction of the Germans and not the Europeans. For some people it Africa there may a disconnect and a resulting feeling of shame. However, for many others I think the disconnect is just cultural between the African and African American.
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      Nov 18 2012: Good point Racheal,
      The inability to truly connect, with many people, is because of differences. It is the differences that I embrace, appreciate, respect and love in people. A disconnect simply means that we deprive ourselves of information, and an incredible opportunity....in my humble opinion.

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