Sernett Response

In Chapter 53 of Sernett, Joseph H. Jackson recounts a speech that was given at the Annual Address of 1962. This speech declares that the “American Negro today faces the greatest crisis of his history since the days of reconstruction.” The speaker goes on to say that since segregation has been abolished, the African American community is in danger of falling apart. He says that a desire to integrate will cause African Americans to lose their sense of community and “racial togetherness.” I don’t necessarily agree with this sentiment. Integration, while obviously a positive policy that allowed African Americans to become equal members of society, is not a policy that I believe would cause African Americans to lose their sense of community. I can’t think of any large scale examples of integration causing an African American community to fall apart. African Americans still had the bonds of their history and the mistreatment that they had overcome, and still had to overcome. Even though segregation was abolished, African Americans still faced racism and mistreatment from many white members of society, which still continues to this day. They were also bonded through their culture and religion, which I don’t believe that many would just abandon in an attempt to integrate. Though there may be some who might do this, I don’t believe that it would happen on a large scale, and certainly not on a large enough scale that an entire community could be disbanded.

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