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With the commencement of the millennium one might think that what is known as the melting pot of the world would interact more smoothly than what is portrayed in the media We have long lived in a society that is segregated not because it has gone unopposed but because no one wants to take on the responsibility of breaking the Berlin Wall of segregation We have however come a long way from the kind of segregation that was imparted in our countrys fledgling stages slavery being the number one offense of segregation A quarter-century ago race was part of everyday public discourse today it haunts us quietly though on occasion - the Rodney King beating or the Simpson trial or Eric McGinniss death - it erupts with jarring urgency At these moments of crisis during these squalls we flail about trying to find moral ballast By then it is usually too late The lines are drawn Accusations are hurled across the river like cannon fire And the cease-fires when they occur are just that cease-fires temporary and fragile Even the best of people have already chosen sides Kotlowitz 414 To have any race or sect serve another because they believe they are higher and mightier than the other is preposterous By our own nature we as a society strive to dominate others and become the King of the Hill This is our major downfall by doing this we injure our society and the bond that holds this country together Why does this occur you might ask That is a question to be answered only by anthropologists and sociologists for students do not have the time or inclination to sort through behaviorisms and psychological mumbo jumbo Many of our youth were taught to stay within their own ethnic groups This mentality is what gave rise to the Klu Klux Klan the Chinese prisoner camps of World War II and the ethnically segregated neighborhoods of today
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