Charles Williams Posted over 1 year ago Has desegregation been a help or hurt to people of color, specifically the African American community? My dad told me my grandfather said: "integration done screwed us up..." As I matured I understood. I wasn't around then but I understood our interdependence among the negro community was stronger. We had physicians, attorneys, and the dollar remained in the community. I'm afraid there's no yes or no answer. It's quite complicated.