Recent news concerning the integration laws in the U.S. has sparked a sense of consciousness in the minds of America’s citizens. People have begun to discuss these matters openly once again, and there seems to be conflict among the citizens. The Supreme Court has begun to review the Brown vs. The Board of Education case, which grants integration within schools. There is word that the nation may attempt to segregate schools as they once were. This has angered the African-American community and has sparked conflict within the nation. One may empathize with the African-Americans with their anger; however, the facts must be reviewed. The nation’s education system is not truly integrated in today’s society. There are still today distinguishable schools for African-Americans and whites. Many of these schools have token members of the other race to dilute speculation, but the fact remains that America’s education system has never truly been integrated. The question must also be asked to whether integration is the best option anyway.
It can be agreed upon that segregation is the wrong route, but there are other ways to counter segregation. People have to remember how things were before integration. The African-American community had a sense of identity, the children had a desire to learn, and the overall morale of the African-American was one of great pride. Even though the fight against segregation was tough; it forced the African-American community to bond and stand strong. In the days after integration the African-American community vanished. Once the so called opportunities were given to the token African-Americans, they left the community and failed to look back. This rupture in the community only brought more destruction for the people of the African-American race.
The fight for integration was one that everyone in the African-American community thought to be the way to seek justice in America. The American corporations were forced to hire African-American workers, but there was a quota that was necessary for them to meet. After the quota was met the hiring of Africans would discontinue. This means that about ten percent of the African-Americans received these jobs and the rest of the community remained the same. This does not seem to be a huge problem; however, the Africans who started to work for these companies had a double negative affect on the African-American neighborhoods.
The primary problem was that the people who were hired by the large corporations were taken from the small businesses that kept the community striving. With employees gone to work for the corporations these companies were forced out of business. The fact that many of the African-American within the community stated to spend their money at the white owned businesses now that it was legal did not help the situation. The secondary crisis was that the newly hired African-Americans left the area to live amongst the whites. They felt that they were better than those in their former neighborhoods, so the bulk of the Black dollar was being spent in whit owned areas, while the Black community steadily deteriorated.
It is awful enough that the neighborhood had to be corrupted, but the education was another thing. Integration caused what Carter G. Woodson called the “mis-education of the Negro.” The integration of schools in the U.S. was forced upon the white schools, so one must figure that they would not be very helpful to the incoming African-American students. The parents in the African-American community should have been more cognitive of this fact. The Black students forced into these white institutions were prejudged and put into special-education classes for the learning impaired. The white schools that received the Black tokens were given money by the government to better fund the schools that were already wealthy, but did nothing to assist the underprivileged schools that continued to exist in the African-American community. This imbalance of funding caused many schools in the Black neighborhoods anxiety, having to try and educate students with lack of materials. As a result of this African-American students started to despise education and drop out of school. Many felt that an education was only fit for white students, and according to the American education system they were correct. After schools have lost a majority of its students then the school closes. This disrupts the function of the community. When there are not many educated people in the community then the neighborhood gets worse. Conditions of poverty increase because many of the children who drop out of school cannot get a decent job since they have no education. Those who do get an education could help; however, they don’t see a connection with their community. Again the white areas benefit from the Black dollar.
There seems to be a decreasing rate of self-respect in the African-American mind as a result of integration in American society. One must examine the entire situation and determine a proper evaluation of the facts. One’s perspective may perceive that integration was what the whites wanted all along, yet they had to trick the Black population into wanting it. Or maybe, the whites were going to benefit whether segregation would have continued, or with the implementation of integration. Because when one analyzes how things happened in actuality it all seems planned. It is human nature to want what is not available, and that was the tactic used in the integration plot. The African people were not allowed to do certain things that whites were. While making their racism so overt they knew that this would cause uproar in the African communities. Rights were demanded, but the fight was for the wrong reasons. The Africans fought for the rights to be able to eat and school amongst whites, instead of demanding the same quality of those thing in their respective areas. The want of what the whites had, played a huge role in the low self-respect found among many African minds today. If the policy of separate but equal was actually executed correctly one may be led to believe that the state of the African in America might be different today.
The destruction of the African community is credited in part to the results of the fight for integration in America. The African people have become so conditioned to the so-called American Dream that they have lost nearly all cultural ground. The African in America has no true identity. Many of them continue to argue over what the race should be called. It is incorrect to say that the integration policy is alone in making these things true; however, it was a major contributor. The African community in America was unified, and flourished considering the situations with which they were faced. People had a general respect for one another and there was a sense of peace in the African communities. The money stayed in the community, much like those of the Asians in America currently doing these things.
When people start to look for individual success, and neglect the entire group there is a division created among the group. The saying is “divided we fall”, and so it happened. The blend of races created a split in the African’s unity, and negativity was inevitable. Integration is not what is wrong here it is how it was practiced. Many thing look good on paper, yet get used improperly when practiced. The policy should have been separation instead of segregation, and interaction among the races instead of an all out integration of them. The policy only caused confusion, and trouble. Integration was the wrong victory because it ultimately led to the defeat of the African in America.
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African Unity Initiative
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