Thursday, May 04, 2006

Black and Brown Unite

According to this New York Times article, many black people are feeling a bit uneasy about immigration.

"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 of their arguments are that it is ridiculous to compare immigration to the brutalities that were endured during the civil rights movement. Other causes for concern are that an influx in immigrants will make it harder for blacks to get jobs.

But if people of color want to get anywhere in this country, we must unite. We need to realize that a person of colors struggle is a struggle for all people of color.

It's time for black and brown to be down...for social justice that is.


At 10:31 AM, Anonymous Lia said...

So I've been a reader of Pop and Politics on a semi-regular basis for about a year now. I often think about writing in with comments, but I would probably spend the majority of my time on that, and get fired from my job. However I have started to think that with the continued talk of the loss of Black political participation, and the growing attention to the issue of immigration and the political clout of Latinos, that I have to say something.

Why do we continuously fight over scraps thrown from the master's table? Why don't we do more than ask for a seat and wait patiently? When will we see that our commonalities- as human beings that deserve dignity and TRUE options- supercede any conversation about skin color, national origin, or who used Dr. King's words first? Any attempt at a Black and Brown movement should have the support of each community. If we focused on our shared goals, instead of the picture held in front of us that depicts us as enemies, we would never have allowed the continued suppression of all of our peoples, and we would have leverage to make asks that get answered.

I for one am sick of hearing the fears that Black struggles will be forgotten. We need to make sure that they are not forgotten, and lead the way for a new civil rights movement that honors the blood, sweat, and tears of our ancestors who understood the value of alliances. Maybe if we educated ourselves and others on shared history and struggle we could see our way to a future where divying up power is a realistic conversation.


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