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Opinion: Self-segregation is a form of racism

Back in the 1980s, I was teaching first grade in an inner city school. 

One morning one of my little Black girls came up to me and said, “I hate White people.” I thought, what a shame that a child of that innocent age should be harboring such feelings. Then fast forward to the 2020s, I learned that the university I attended had a reunion for Black students. 

Now, the sorority to which I belonged has Black members, and I thought to myself, why wouldn’t I want to attend a reunion and meet up with my Black sisters?  

Self-segregation is in itself a form of racism. There should be room in our hearts only for kindness and love. We are all God’s children and should act like it.

Jean McLaughlin


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