Thursday, September 4, 2008

Did Racial Integration Destroy The Black Economic Culture?

Today in my Race and Law class an interesting idea was mentioned that I want to blog on here about today. The professor said that before integration, blacks invested into their own community. The example he gave is the historic Auburn Ave in Atlanta, GA. Before integration, there were black owned businesses lined up down Auburn. However following integration, blacks stopped investing into their community and more into the white owned businesses. As a result these businesses had to close down. Therefore whites won in the end.

However, in speaking with my grandmother on this topic, she refuted that argument with a different point. The reason why the black owned businesses shut down was not because black stopped investing into their own, but taxes on the businesses forced many of them to close.

What do you all think?


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