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The Strange Story of Integration in America

Monday, September 03, 2012

Tanner Colby points out that while racial equality is the law of the land, actual integration is still hard to find, and that in most of the country, black people and white people don’t spend much time together—at work, school, church, or anywhere. Colby set out to discover why, and in Some of My Best Friends Are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America he chronicles America’s relationship with race and integration.

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Comments [2]

Pamela from Queens

The impression I took away from listening to the discussion was that there is only so far each group is willing or able to go towards greater interaction with each other. There are subtle yet deep-seated perceptions that whites and blacks carry about the opposite race. I would have liked to have heard more discussion about those subtle but lingering perceptions that keep the races (particularly older generations as opposed to young people) at arm's length.

Sep. 03 2012 01:19 PM
Louis from Brooklyn

I think Colby should not generalize about integration. I grew up in South Florida and it's very diverse. Cities such as Chicago, Boston, and New York with all its liberal are more segregated than places in the South. Also, if black students want to be a part of a black fraternity, then what's the big deal. All anyone wants is equal opportunity. Forced integration shouldn't be part of the agenda.

Sep. 03 2012 12:51 PM

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