Racial Segregation : Segregation And Segregation

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Racial Segregation
“Segregation is that which is forced upon an inferior by a superior. Separation is done voluntarily by two equals.” This is an important and powerful quote said by the late Malcolm X. From 1849-1950 segregation took place for a little over a century. Just 4 years after that, in Brown v. Board of Education the supreme court outlawed segregation in public schools. This was the starting point in putting an end to segregation nationwide. However, is segregation really abolished? Or has it just been revamped with different meanings?
According to Merriam dictionary, Segregation is the separation of a race, class, or ethnic group by enforced or voluntary residence in a restricted area, by barriers to social intercourse, by separate educational facilities, or by other discriminatory means. Segregation came strong after the Plessy v. Ferguson case in 1896 where the Supreme Court ruled that racial segregations laws in public facilities were legal. African Americans were free and separate, but still not considered equal in the eyes of the majority.
Fast forward to the twentieth century where racism, segregation, prejudice, and hate are said to be on a decline. Perchance some of these changes can be attributed to Paul Betty’s hilarious novel The White Boys Shuffle. The White Boy Shuffle is a novel about an African American male named Gunnar Kaufman and his coming of age in a new Santa Monica neighborhood. Betty does a wonderful job on shining light on the importance…
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