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de facto segregation

[dee fak-toh seg-ruh-gey-shuh n, dey fak-toh]
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  1. racial, ethnic, or other segregation resulting from societal differences between groups, as socioeconomic or political disparity, without institutionalized legislation intended to segregate.
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Origin of de facto segregation

First recorded in 1955–60
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de facto segregation in Culture

de facto segregation

[(di fak-toh, day fak-toh)]

Racial segregation, especially in public schools, that happens “by fact” rather than by legal requirement. For example, often the concentration of African-Americans in certain neighborhoods produces neighborhood schools that are predominantly black, or segregated in fact (de facto), although not by law (de jure).

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