21st Century Segregation: Are We Still Divided by Race?

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21st Century Segregation: Are We Still Divided by Race?
Racial segregation was a concept that began in early history and is still prevalent in some societies today. It is often seen as a destructive forceful tactic of separating individuals based on their racial background. However, many new immigrants voluntarily choose to live in a segregated society. Segregation can be easily seen in certain communities where there is a concentration containing a particular racial group.
The area where one lives significantly influences their overall quality of life as well as their job, education opportunities, formation of social relationships and networks or access to a mortgage. These aspects have an impact on socio-economic status and the
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It sparked internal resistance and violence. The apartheid played a harsh role for black women as they suffered not only racial segregation but also gender discrimination.
Employment was hard to find but for those who could find jobs, they worked as agriculture or domestic workers with very low pay. The controlled movement of black and coloured workers within the country through the pass laws separated family members from one another, because men usually worked in urban centres while women were forced to stay in rural areas. Pass laws were a form of internal passport system designed to segregate the population, mainly to limit the movement of the black population. Pass laws were one of the dominant features of the apartheid system. The black population were required to carry these pass books with them when outside their homelands or designated areas. Failure to produce a pass often resulted in the person being arrested. The apartheid was eventually abolished in 1991 with the repeal of the last remaining apartheid laws.
Segregation may have both voluntary and involuntary causes, so residential segregation is not necessarily due to racism, although it may always seem like it. For many Chinese immigrants, the decision to reside in Chinatowns may be entirely voluntary. They will have better opportunities within their own ethnic neighbourhood and they can avoid the stigmatization by the white population. They come together to form
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