Starting the Debate Over Self-Segregation of Nightlife

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More than 40 years after Gov. George Wallace's famous schoolhouse stand, the University of Alabama is integrated--but the integration goes only so far. A report in the Crimson White points out that Tuscaloosa's nightlife splits neatly along racial lines. White males are "almost unheard of" at clubs like the Black Orchid, the paper writes, while "one could easily go out to the bars on the Strip on a Friday night without seeing more than five or six blacks."

Some students bemoan the divide; others aren't sure what the big deal is. "Why does segregation have to be a bad thing when it is self-imposed?" one commenter writes. "I'm confused," writes another. "Is this not a problem at other universities?" Well, Paper Trail readers? Send us your thoughts to