Black vs. brown

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“In the rar­efied world of na­tional pol­i­tics (and in Amer­ica’s even more other-worldly univer­si­ties) blacks and Lati­nos tend to be lumped to­gether in what Ni­co­las Vaca, a Cal­i­for­nia lawyer, calls a ‘pre­sumed al­liance.’ Last month, Barack Obama [. . .] as­sured a His­panic con­fer­ence that such a bond ex­isted. [. . .] On the streets of Amer­ica’s cities, how­ever, rather less lofty at­ti­tudes are ap­par­ent.

“ ‘We’re be­ing over­run,’ says Ted Hayes of Choose Black Amer­ica, which has led anti-im­mi­gra­tion marches in south-cen­tral Los An­ge­les. ‘The com­paneros have taken all the hous­ing. If you don’t speak Span­ish, they turn you down for jobs. Our chil­dren are jumped upon in the schools. They are try­ing to drive us out.’ [. . .]

“Last year [a poll by Pew Re­search] found that one-third of blacks be­lieve im­mi­grants take jobs from Amer­i­cans — more than any other group. [. . .] One sur­vey of Durham, N.C., found that 59 per­cent of Lati­nos be­lieved few or al­most no blacks were hard-work­ing, and a sim­i­lar pro­por­tion reck­oned few or al­most none could be trusted.”

— From “Where black and brown col­lide,” in the Aug. 2 is­sue of the Econ­o­mist

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