Voluntary Segregation of African-Americans on Campus in the 1990s

Mátrai Szilvia (2000) Voluntary Segregation of African-Americans on Campus in the 1990s. MA/MSc, Szegedi Tudományegyetem.

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This paper deals with the analysis of interaction between white and black students on campus in the United States in the 1990s, with special attention to the voluntary segregation of African-American college and university students. In my paper the focus of observation is the life on campus, although the conclusion I draw can be extended to other aspects of race relations in America outside the universities. As I observed in the United States, in New York city and in Toledo, Ohio, most of the ethnic groups of lower class live in separate neighborhoods, their members congregate almost exclusively with their own members, they feel comfortable among themselves. My aim is to answer the question, whether the „Color line" is present on campuses in the United States today. Specifically: do black and white students uncomfortably interact with each other? In order to examine their interaction I make use of observations and interviews of David K. Shipler (Pulitzer-Prize winning American writer), David Mandler (professor of English at Tuoro College, New York City), and articles from the Internet, besides I rely on my personal experiences. Initially in my paper I try to give a historical overview of the birth of African-American nationalism and education, then I undertake to seek an answer of which factors and how they influence the relationship of black and white students on campus. Furthermore I analyze the interaction between students of the two races, for this I am observing blacks' and whites' attitudes towards each other and towards those, who are trying to interact with members of the other race. With the help of my analysis I would like to point to the fact that the individuals of both races feel uncomfortable in social contact with representatives of the other one. African-Americans and whites find comfort today in separateness.


Szegedi Tudományegyetem


Gyula Juhász Teacher Training College


Angol Tanszék


Teacher Training




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Item Type: Thesis (MA/MSc)
Date: 2000
Depositing User: JGYPK Szerkesztő
Date Deposited: 2019. Jun. 04. 08:59
Last Modified: 2019. Jun. 06. 06:50
URI: http://diploma.bibl.u-szeged.hu/id/eprint/76856

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