Segregation in American Institutions.
A history of segregation in American institutions.
This paper addresses the history of segregation in America and examines the efficacy of integration as well as the ways that uniquely and separately Black institutions have functioned as a way of moving the African-American community forward in America.
“One of the most controversial issues in American history has been the issue of integration. From the point of view of white Americans, wars have been fought and communities have been ideologically and physically torn apart as a result of the question: how should Black and White people live together and how should they live apart? African Americans have suffered the difficulties of answering all of these questions as well, within the context of their own communities. But African Americans have faced another, even more pressing question: which is what strategy is best to deal with the legacy of the evils of slavery on a personal and on a community level? The legacy of slavery, prejudice and discrimination has taken its toll upon the Black community. How should the community deal with this legacy? Few leaders have suggested that only one strategy or another should be used. However, there has been a great deal of contention between Black leaders who favor integration, versus those who favor a more separatist strategy as a way of dealing with the unique difficulties African Americans face in American society. ”