By Christina M. Greer
The regular immigration of black populations from Africa and the Caribbean over the last few a long time has essentially replaced the racial, ethnic, and political panorama within the usa. yet how will those "new blacks" behave politically in the USA? utilizing an unique survey of recent York urban staff and a number of nationwide facts assets, Christina M. Greer explores the political value of ethnicity for brand new immigrant and native-born blacks. In an age the place racial and ethnic identities intersect, intertwine, and have interaction in more and more advanced methods, Black Ethnics deals a robust and rigorous research of black politics and coalitions within the post-Civil Rights period.
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Dawson (1994) has thoroughly described the benefits of collective solidarity or “linked fate” for black Americans. He argued that black individuals have perceived their successes as linked to the successes of the larger group as a whole. 17 However, Dawson’s analysis largely extends to class dynamics within the larger black community and does not parse out the extensive ethnic variety within the growing black community. Unlike other ethnic groups who migrate to the United States and assimilate into the American social and economic mainstream, for black immigrants, the assimilation and integration process comes with some unique race-based obstacles.
B. Du Bois (1993 ) labeled “the problem of the twentieth century” has not disappeared. The soil has been tilled, but several elements of the soil remain unchanged. Du Bois wrote in a time of colonial empires of European powers, rigid caste societies, and virtual racial dictatorship (Winant 1994). Although white supremacy is no longer overt, Du Bois’s words ring true in evolved forms. 10 However, more nuanced forms of racism, injustice, and inequities are now prevalent in American society that affect both native-born and foreign-born black individuals.
Africans are among the fastest-growing immigrant groups to the United States and have even surpassed Afro-Caribbean immigrant rates in recent years (Capps, McCabe, and Fix 2011). Aside from the propensity for many scholars to group all blacks together as one homogenous entity, the failure to include black immigrants in current debates surrounding people of African descent living in America has some very unsettling consequences: it assumes collective histories and the same life chances, it fails to address concerns surrounding adequate representation and incorporation into the polity, and it encourages a lack of accountability when addressing coalition-building concerns.