The Presumed Alliance

The Presumed Alliance

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“A hard and unnerving look at how changing demographics will forever alter our country’s dialogue on race.” — San Jose Mercury NewsAs Latino and African Americans increasingly live side by side in large urban centers, as well as in suburban clusters, the idealized concept of a “Rainbow Coalition” would suggest that these two disenfranchised groups are natural political allies. Indeed, as the number of Latinos has increased dramatically over the last ten years, competition over power and resources between these two groups has led to surprisingly antagonistic and uncooperative interactions. Many African Americans now view Latinos, because of their growth in numbers, as a threat to their social, economic, and political gains.

Nicolas C. Vaca debunks the myth of “The Great Union” and offers the hope he believes each community could learn from, in order to achieve a mutually agreed upon agenda. More than simply unveiling the problem, The Presumed Alliance offers optimistic solutions to the future relations between Latino and Black America.

As Latino and African Americans increasingly live side by side in large urban centers, as well as in suburban clusters, the idealized concept of a “Rainbow Coalition” would suggest that these two disenfranchised groups are natural political allies. Indeed, as the number of Latinos has increased dramatically over the last ten years, competition over power and resources between these two groups has led to surprisingly antagonistic and uncooperative interactions. Many African Americans now view Latinos, because of their growth in numbers, as a threat to their social, economic, and political gains.

Vaca debunks the myth of “The Great Union” and offers the hope he believes each community could learn from, in order to achieve a mutually agreed upon agenda. More than simply unveiling the problem, The Presumed Alliance offers optimistic solutions to the future relations between Latino and Black America.

“Nicolás Vaca has written a brave and path-breaking book. For too long, commentators have ignored important differences between the experiences of blacks and Latinos in the United States, to the detriment of a full understanding of both groups. With grace and scholarly attention to detail, Vaca demonstrates that Latinos’ interests are not always identical to those of blacks. Vaca shows that the presumed alliance between the two groups is less a fact than it is a product of wishful thinking on the part of civil rights activists.” “The most thorough analysis yet of Black/Latino relations. This is an in-depth look at the shifting sands of ethnic politics.” “The work puts the often conflicted relationship between blacks and Latinos into the context of immigration and the dramatic growth in the Latino population. The topic of black/Latino will certainly become more heated in the years to come as Latinos are now the nation’s largest minority. Vaca’s narrative is provocative and often disturbing. It will no doubt illicit heated responses, which hopefully will lead to a better understanding.” “A frank discussion on the latest taboo subject in the race milieu: the growing tension between Latinos and blacks.” “A thought-provoking book.” “A riveting narrative…Vaca’s well-researched book is essential reading for anyone desiring an understanding of the future of ethnographic conflict in the United States.” “A thoughtful political/historical essay on the profound gulf that yawns between America’s most populous minority groups.” “Fascinating and complicated…Vaca tears off the rose-colored glasses, bids farewell to political correctness and handles the subject matter with genuine interest and expertise.” “The Presumed Alliance explores [two] conflicting perceptions with refreshing candor. Vaca demythologizes the idealized concept of the “rainbow coalition” and calls on both [Latinos and African-Americans] to reintroduce themselves to each other.” “Nicolas C. Vaca, a pioneer of the Chicano movement, has taken on the biggest version of this problem. . . . Vaca gives us the first serious discussion of these divisions and the hanging fears that still accompany them.”

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Weight 8 oz
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