Segregation (US)

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Segregation is no longer enforced by law in the United States, and in fact there are many laws designed to fight it, but in many ways it continues – although it can now more accurately be described as "failure to integrate completely" rather than any kind of active attempt to keep people separated.

It also remains a problem almost exclusively with black people, whereas any number of other ethnicalities that used to be discriminated against (Jewish, Italian, Polish, Irish...) seem to be more or less fully integrated into American society and culture.

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Much of the resistance to integration may be cultural, in that each culture's way of doing things – especially in the area of education – clashes. In two towns (Athens and Durham) where I have lived and been involved with schooling a child, the public schools were reportedly receiving great pressure from the black parents to be like drill sergeants – get the kids to memorize and regurgitate facts instantly, on demand. (The ending sequence of "Black Man" by Stevie Wonder (Songs in the Key of Life) came strongly to mind. I originally assumed that the call-and-answer session had been staged specifically for the recording, but now I have to wonder if this is what the black parents actually want? Further investigation is clearly needed.) --Woozle 08:03, 13 November 2006 (EST)