Lack of genuine interpersonal contact contributes to

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Unformatted text preview: anslates directly into racial sorting in education, commerce, employment, and other public venues. Physical proximity to other racial groups may not necessarily create social equity, but hypersegregation is clearly problematic. When groups do not interact, their knowledge of one another is less likely to be based on personal experience and more likely to be informed by hearsay, media portrayals, and cultural stereotypes. Lack of genuine interpersonal contact contributes to a psychological distancing from those who are perceived as “other,” which, in turn, undermines opportunities for trust, empathy, and common purpose to develop. This psychological sorting reinforces and compounds the physical and geographic sorting process. Face-to-face interaction among diverse groups, on the other hand, helps to reduce prejudice.9 In theory, physical and psychological racial segregation does not need to equate with advantage and disadvantage. But in the United States, historically and today, racia...
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