Having a "black" arts festival is not at all "self-segregating". Races of all kinds are welcome to enjoy the festivities, to participate and exhibit their art. Calling them "black" arts festivals has sort of a guarantee of not being lost among the other cultures and arts at general arts festivals. Every culture has festivals in the Atlanta area and worldwide; Irish, Latin/Spanish, Greek, Asian, African, Caribbean. But, they are far from being considered racist or self-segregating. Its one of many cultures that we as Americans can appreciate and enjoy with friends and family. Although we would like to live in harmony and not talk about race, you can not deny that there are culture differences and those should be embraced not as being offensive but, as a learning opportunity.
Think of it as a chance for a "non-black" to experience "black" food, art, music and other cultural elements that you would not normally be exposed to. :)
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