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