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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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