Existence of the 'Black Table': Analyzing Racism in America

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"The Black Table:" Does it still exist? All American teenagers segregate themselves to some extent. Look at any college cafeteria and you will see tables of students who label themselves (or who are labeled by others) as 'jocks,' 'Goths,' 'alternative,' 'punks,' and 'geeks.' Teens and young adults are often desperate for a secure sense of identity and being a part of a clique or a group can satisfy this need. But one troubling trend in the eye of many adults is the tendency for students of color to self-segregate in various aspects of school life. This seems to run counter to the hopes expressed by Martin Luther King Jr. when he envisioned an America where children of all races, religions, and ethnicities could join hands and be free together. In the courts and in published literature, colleges have defended affirmative action because it creates a more diverse learning community for students, as well as propels historically discriminated-against groups into the middle class. Quite often, because of past injustices, certain groups in American society have struggled economically to a greater degree, resulting in a lack of social and economic mobility. Public schools, which are funded through local rather than federal taxes, tend to vary widely in terms of the quality of education they can give to children within the district. Integrated diverse colleges are thought to be the great equalizers: by elevating poorer students and minorities through education, these students can

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