African American–Latino Relations in the 21st Century
When Cultures Collide
by Karen Juanita Carrillo
May 2017, 156pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-2961-1
$65, £50, 57€, A90
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The communal traditions of African descendant populations help define the culture of the Americas.

This provocative look at the connections—and conflicts—between Latinos and African Americans in the United States assesses the challenges facing both groups as they strive to achieve the American dream.

Latino and African American communities in the United States share neighborhoods, similar family values, and many of the same challenges faced by minorities, yet are often at odds about their distinctive cultures and position in society. This book looks at the social and political history of both groups, pointing out their differences and similarities, and exploring their perceived role in America’s social strata.

Author Karen Juanita Carrillo delves into the often-controversial issues that have undermined Afro-Latino race relations in this country, including how the war on poverty led to competition and animosity, how the legacy of slavery bears on their relationship, and how prejudices among new immigrants inflame existing tensions. The book features a multitude of views and perspectives on what it means to be American for Latino and African American populations. Its extensive discussion of immigrant groups includes those arriving from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Colombia, Honduras, Ecuador and Peru.


  • Reviews music forms (such as jazz, salsa, disco, and hip-hop), political connections, and intermarriages between Latinos and African Americans
  • Examines controversial issues such as the Trayvon Martin case, members of the Mexican Mafia, and gang violence
  • Provides points of unity between Latinos and African Americans
  • Sheds light on the common perspectives and backgrounds of the two ethnic groups as well as their cultural differences
Karen Juanita Carrillo is a New York-based writer and co-founder of the website Afro Presencia ( Her published works include Greenwood's African American History Day by Day: A Reference Guide to Events as well as Bibliography of Life in the Black Americas and The View from Chocó: The Afro-Colombian Past, Their Lives in the Present, and Their Hopes for the Future.
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