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"Symposium: Is Integration Possible? Part Two"

A continuation on the discussion of whether integration is really possible in the United States.January/February 2000 issue of Poverty & Race

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We continue with a second set of commentaries on the excerpt we ran in the November/December issue from By the Color of Our Skin: The Illusion of Integration and the Reality of Race, by American Univ. professors Leonard Steinhorn and Barbara Diggs-Brown. (New subscribers and those who missed that issue can send us a SASE with 55˘ postage for a copy of the book excerpt and the commentaries, by Jerome Scott/Walda Katz-Fishman, Herbert Gans, John Calmore, Eric Mann, Richard Kahlenberg, Howard Winant and Robert Jensen.) My own view of the situation tends toward the pessimistic, I’m sorry to say. A recent poll, co-sponsored by the NAACP and Zogby International (reported in the Aug. 17, 1999, Minneapolis Star), had slightly over half of the 1001 randomly selected young adults (18-29) surveyed saying that racial separation is all right “as long as everyone has equal opportunity” (Plessy lives!) – and people tend to answer polls on racial attitudes more positively than they really feel and act on (as Steinhorn and Diggs-Brown emphasize). - CH


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