On Tuesday, Karen E. Quinones Miller, an African-American journalist and historian, argued that racial integration in the 1960s meant the demise of many black-owned businesses and communities. Citing the deterioration of Lawnside, New Jersey, Quinones insisted that re-instating the economic segregation of African-American businesses can reclaim the economic power of African-Americans. Readers responded strongly Miller's opinion.

One reader reflected on the deterioration of a beloved neighborhood. Rose Fitzgerald of Haddon Heights emailed in to say:

The piece was posted in the popular Facebook community Black on Black Info, which is followed by more than 214,000 people.

Some Black on Black Info community members agreed with Miller's piece, lamenting less support for black-owned businesses in recent years.


Meanwhile other Philly.com readers disagreed strongly with Miller's piece. Ralph D. Block of Rydal emailed:

"Karen E. Quinones Miller has written one of the most asinine articles I have read in quite awhile.
— The real end of segregation and the intermingling of races bodes nothing but good for this country.

Charlie Baltimore of Olde Kensington vehemently disagreed with the very concept of segregation on any level:

"Simply one of the most imbecilic ideas I have heard in a long time. It is this type of approach that has given birth to our current culture of "us against them" around the world. Rather than pointing fingers, I submit it would be far more effective to redirect our attention to within. As a people, we must engage in an honest journey of self-discovery, unity, and prioritize education, family and spiritual development. Then, instead of retreating from the melting pot, we can contribute more robustly to create a more inclusive economic system."

Others argued that there cannot be a two-way street when talking about "black" versus "white" businesses, including Jim Cres, who wrote on Philly.com's Facebook page:

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