Self Segregation

I think to even have this discussion we should define the term segregation.

Segregation – is the separation or isolation of a race, class, or ethnic group by enforced or voluntary residence in a restricted area, by barriers to social intercourse, by separate facilities, amenities, accommodations, access or by other discriminatory means. It is also the separation for special treatment or observation of individuals or items from a larger group.

I want to add a related term, exclusivism. Exclusivism – is the limiting or limited to possession, control, or use by a single individual or group otherwise with the liberty of participation. It’s accepting or soliciting only a socially restricted patronage or distribution.

Now that we have a definition please allow me to ask this question. When is segregation or exclusivism acceptable or beneficial in terms of our associations regarding race, religion or culture?

This question is inspired by a comment regarding my article Monday, February 9th titled “Whites in Black History”. It raised an interesting question that’s often discussed privately or in segregated or exclusive circles.

Although this was not the intent of the commenter I want to ask another question of those who may read this.

Have your self segregated?

Side Note: We often hear the claim of “I have a Black Friend” or “One of my best friends is Black” as if that’s some sort of Get Out of Jail Free Card. I’ve written about this in an article called “Your Friendly Neighborhood Negro”. Regardless of the number of friends different than yourself isn’t this in fact another version of Affirmative Action, but placed upon your relationships?

Anyway, I just ask that you take time to evaluate the various areas of your life to see if you have self segregated. We often segregate ourselves in terms of where we live, the diversity or depth of our friendships, professionally, socially and even psychologically.

Maybe Former Alabama Governor George Wallace was on to something when he stood in the schoolhouse doorway of equality to proclaim “Segregation Now, Segregation Tomorrow and Segregation Forever”, because many of us have unconscientiously adopted the miseducation of self segregation.

References & Inspirations
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One thought on “Self Segregation

  1. Some people are very prone to unnecessarily add to comments; such as “I met my new doctor today, a black guy.” Surely people like this don’t describe every new person they meet with a race or ethnic description! Since no one does it with every person, why should it matter in selective situations?

    Thanks Tim for stimulating thought.

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