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Do Colleges Actually Welcome Segregation on Campus?

CAMBRIDGE, MA - MAY 23: Graduates listen to the master of ceremony as they take part in the Black Commencement at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA on May 23, 2017. 170 students attended the university-wide ceremony for black students at Harvard, designed to celebrate their unique struggles and achievements at the elite institution that has been grappling with its historical ties to slavery. (Photo by Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

On the day before its 2019 general commencement exercises, Harvard University will hold two segregated ceremonies, one for students of color and the other for Latinos. Harvard is not alone, with Brown celebrating its “Blackalaureate” and Columbia its “Black” and “Raza” graduation ceremonies. Who would have believed that 65 years after the Supreme Court ruled that racial segregation of children in public schools was unconstitutional, many colleges across the country now encourage “separate but equal” segregation on campus?

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