have barely budged since 1968. Despite everything that has happened throughout the years, segregation still exist. Many Americans don't want to admit it, but segregation is still around. Sometimes by design, and sometimes by choice. I believe the segregation that exists today is much different than the
segregation that endured in history. Hence why it’s harder for people to understand whether it is segregation or not. The "whites only" signs have ceased to lurk over water fountains, bathrooms, and restaurant counters but the 21st-century segregation exists overtly in our school systems, communities, and prisons. It also permeates our society in ways we don't even realize. I also believe that if our social worlds were more integrated, perhaps we can have control over the segregation that goes on today. The way we govern and the way we dispense justice. Having some sort of connection, a shared experience is the only way I believe that we can get politicians, police officers, and everyday citizens to truly understand race. Our experiences are shaped not just by legalese and policy, but also by understanding and interacting with each other. Segregation in the 21st century is not just about being legally and physically separated, but about a cultural separation that still feels like it divides more than it binds.
- Spring '14
- White people, White American, Poverty in the United States