Have We Overcome Segregation? Essay

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1950. America was in the midst of a racial battle. African Americans used separate bathrooms, went to separate schools and were treated with the least amount of respect. The world was a much different place where segregation was the norm. Today though, the majority of Americans believe we have overcome this inequality. But have we really?
When looking at the educational system in today’s society, you can easily find flaws in almost every aspect of it. Although I agree that we have came a long way in overcoming a lot of these issues there is still one that remains very prominent in almost every school in America: segregation. While segregation may no longer be taught or enforced nationwide, you still see it across schools within cliques,
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Not only is this taking a huge step backwards, it is just covering up the underlying issue, which is the way our school systems are ran. Maybe if the school was run by blacks, Latinos and whites all in one school, there would not be the need to separate the entire body of students into their own individual schools. This is also sending the wrong message to the students, that it is okay to do things separately based on color. Not to mention, it is taking away from social skills and learning how to connect with people who are different from themselves. You can already see where this type of segregation can affect students when looking at a school in Montgomery, Georgia.
In 2009, Montgomery Georgia students attended two separate proms, one for the white students and one for the black students. Based on an article in The New York Times magazine, white students would have their prom on Friday night and the black students would have theirs on the following night. What I found interesting, was the fact that the white students didn’t seem to think this was a big deal. Supposedly, everyone is friends at this school and there are even interracial relationships. But according to the white students it just seems normal for this tradition to continue on even in 2009, after we have gained so much in equality that we even have a black president. On the other hand, the

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