Friday, May 05, 2006

A Few Links On Blacks and Latinos in the US

How do you tell the histories of immigration and slavery together; slavery and freedom? How do you tell it any other way?

Margaret Kimberley in black commentator "Immigration and America's Bad Karma"

"New immigrants from Mexico to the American west are just going back to their old neighborhood. What goes around does quite literally come around. Of course, Mexico was Indian territory stolen originally by the Spanish. So much bad karma, so little time.

America cannot have an honest discussion about immigration without revisiting its sordid more

Tanya Hernandez on black prof Is There Racism in Latin America and What Does That Mean for Race Relations in the United States?

"The existence of racism in Latin America is an under-examined topic. Yet the growing demographic presence of immigrants from Latin America in the United States means that understanding race relations in the United States will more and more mean learning to understand the racialized contexts Latino immigrants emanate from. The one consistent commonality throughout Latin America is that while racialized hierarchies are manifest, each nation-state insists that racism does not exist. Because the scholarship about race in Latin America has focused on Brazil, examining the Brazilian context provides useful details about Latin American racism."read more

Rachel L. Swarns, Growing Unease for Some Blacks on Immingration in the new york times

"But despite some sympathy for the nation's illegal immigrants, many black professionals, academics and blue-collar workers feel increasingly uneasy as they watch Hispanics flex their political muscle while assuming the mantle of a seminal black struggle for justice.

Some blacks bristle at the comparison between the civil rights movement and the immigrant demonstrations, pointing out that black protesters in the 1960's were American citizens and had endured centuries of enslavement, rapes, lynchings and discrimination before they started marching.

Others worry about the plight of low-skilled black workers, who sometimes compete with immigrants for entry-level jobs.

And some fear the unfinished business of the civil rights movement will fall to the wayside as America turns its attention to a newly energized Hispanic minority with growing political and economic clout.

"All of this has made me start thinking, 'What's going to happen to African-Americans?' " said Brendon L. Laster, 32, a black fund-raiser at Howard University here, who has been watching the marches. "What's going to happen to our unfinished agenda?" read more


At 7:59 PM, Blogger Wronged said...

What really bugs me capitolizing on this by people like Jim Gilchrist and the Minutemen.

It's one thing for us to be figuring this out among the two groups of people, but for this guy to attempt ye old "divide and conquor" strategy just makes me livid.

At 9:55 AM, Blogger brownfemipower said...

well, the things that's frustrating as hell to me is that everybodies sitting wringing their collective hands over new "political implications" of latinos/as, but nobody is saying, well, i guess it's time for my comunity to talk to their community. nobody is talking about how can we start building alliances with each other--everybodies just sitting in their corners worrying about lost jobs, losing glory of a movement that was never meant to succeed (yes i said it, civil rights will never work) and racism that folks refuse to let of of (yes, mexicans can be very racist). there should be huge meetings, discussions, all over the country on this--and it's just not happening.

what in the hell is wrong with us????

At 12:14 PM, Blogger hysterical blackness said...

There should be -- or we should initate -- nationwide conversations about race and racism (white supremacy and the racisms of the sending and host country), class, etc and the alliances that should be built (and to an extent in places do exist) between blacks (progressive blacks?) and Latinos (progressive Latino's).

It's Proposition 187 X 1000.

At 3:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have always had people that have exploited the divide and conquer tactic. They sometimes succeeded though, because the groups in conflict/competition did not have their own house in order let alone a way to combat this-or keep themselves from unnecessary conflict. Also, the groups never tried to look at certain situations outside the lens of immediate crass survival since they did not try to find ways to work outside the status quo. In terms of racism, pretending it does not exist is half the problem. No people need to confront their own against their own group along with biases about other groups. Also, flawed as civil rights may be, it paved the way for some of the accomplishments we got today-so it was a decent fight.It was as important as other movements were and will be, like the immigrants rights movement.


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