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Segregated Peace an essay on Colored PeopleIntegration was a main theme or topic in this memoir It played an important rolein the time when Gates was growing up and had a big affect on him throughout his bookIntegration changed the way Gates viewed whites blacks restaurants hairstyles churchschool etc He went from a conformist to a rebel to an Episcopal His community changedwith him and the older generation of course did not take to integration as well as most ofthe younger generation did Integration was considered a good thing to most people andothers believed that Blacks had lost something through the whole ordeal They believedthat they had lost the close knit family ties that segregation indirectly created Gates sumsup the way the community felt about integration in one of his last sentences in his memoirHe writes All I know is that Nemos corn never tasted saltier his coffee never smelledfresher than when these hundreds of Negroes gathered to say goodbye to themselvestheir heritage and their sole link to each other wiped out of existence by the newlyenforced anti-Jim Crow lawsGates 216It was hard for blacks to integrate into all white schools after being surrounded byblacks for most of their lives Whites werent the only ones to critique black attitude andblack style blacks did it to themselves Gates writes that when he was a child heremembered that when blacks were admitted to all white neighborhoods or schoolsNegroes were the first to censure other NegroesGates xiii His father would say thingslike Dont go over there with those white people if all youre going to do is Jim CrowyourselvesGates xii Even Gates writes I always reserved my scornfor someone toodark someone too loud and too wrongGates xiii The way Gates writes it blackswould scrutinize their own kind Integration wasnt as easy as going up to a white personif you were black and saying Hi since were supposed to be integrating with each other Iguess well be friends There
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