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In thinking about America's enduring racial divide, I found myself intrigued by some lessons from an unlikely source – Singapore.The swamp-ridden island, expelled from Malaysia in 1965, had a polyglot population of migrants with myriad religions, cultures and belief systems.By mandating ethnic diversity in all of its neighborhoods. Over 80 percent of Singaporeans live in public housing (all of it is well-regarded, some of it very upmarket). In Boston, for example, 43.5 percent of the white population lives in areas that are at least 90 percent white and have a median income that is four times the poverty level, University of Minnesota researchers found.Despite the fact that the Supreme Court ordered school desegregation 61 years ago, schools have actually become more homogenous in the last two decades. Singapore is an unusual case.Singapore can do things Western democracies cannot.All that said, I believe that Singapore is an example of a diverse society that has been able to live together and that we could learn something from.
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