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(NPR) — Writer Eugene Robinson grew up in a segregated world. His hometown of Orangeburg, S.C., had a black side of town and a white side of town; a black high school and a white high school; and “two separate and unequal school systems,” he tells NPR’s Steve Inskeep. But things are different now. Just look at the nation’s capital — home to the first black U.S. president, a large black middle class and many African-Americans who still live in extreme poverty. Robinson details the splintering of African-American communities and neighborhoods in his new book, Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America.
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