The Latino Challenge to Black America

Date Put forth on October 7, 2007 by XicanoPwr
Category Posted in Blogging, book tour, Misc


As of you know journalist, author and broadcaster Earl Ofari Hutchinson is on a virtual book tour. I was thrilled to be asked to be a part of his tour. He is promoting his new book, The Latino Challenge to Black America: Towards a Conversation Between African-Americans and Hispanics.

Mr. Hutchinson has reached out to a number of Latino blogs to spark up conversation. I was asked to write up some questions while I was reading his book and the send those questions to him, which he would then answer. His stop will be on October 11 this coming Thursday. Mr. Hutchinson will be around for a short time to comment and answer comments. When I was developing my questions, I was hoping I would has some hard questions concerning the Black-Brown divide. My goal was to break down some myths I am hoping that I did. I know that some of you, my readers, probably participated in a previous stop, however, I hope you will continue the conversation on my blog. This is an important discuss that will not be solved in a few days, but this is a great way to begin for a conversation.

His bio material and book summary follows:

The Census Bureau made it official in 2002! Latinos are now the top minority in the U.S. The news hit black America like a thunderbolt. Many blacks complained that they would be shoved even further to the economic and political margin among minorities in the country. The Census report also showed Latinos were widening their population growth gap on blacks.

But, it’s not just the numbers. Latinos demand political and social issues no longer be framed solely in black and white. That presents another challenge to black America. At times that challenge has been intensified and conflicted by the wildly divergent agendas of African-Americans and Latinos on immigration, political empowerment, bilingual education, and jobs. These are complex and engaging issues.

The Latino Challenge to Black America: Towards a Conversation Between African-Americans and Hispanics examines the hot button issues and problems that conflict and unite blacks and Latinos. It looks at how both groups interpret and see those issues and problems through the prism of their experiences. It’s highly readable, fast paced, cutting edge book that blends the personal and analytical, and ultimately can serve as a guide to navigate race and ethnic relations through 21st Century America. The book will be published jointly in Spanish and English.

Author Bio –
Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author, syndicated columnist, political analyst and commentator. He has been a frequent guest on Hannity and Colmes, The O’Reilly Factor, The Big Story, EXTRA, and numerous CNN News and Talk Shows. He was a regular commentator on CNBC’s The Dennis Miller Show.

He has been a guest on the Today Show, Dateline, The Lehrer Hour, and BET News, America’s Black Forum. He is a frequent commentator for the American Urban Broadcast Network and Ed Gordon’s News and Notes on NPR. He is a featured columnist for BlackNews.com, BlackAmericaWeb.com, and Alternet.org. He is associate editor of New America Media. His op-ed columns appear in the Baltimore Sun, L.A. Times, Los Angeles Daily News, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Newsday, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Christian Science Monitor, and other major newspapers.

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  1. Gravatar Icon Conductor Oct 8th, 2007 at 12:03 am

    Blacks and Latinos have a common interest and we need to work together. The ruling classes intend to use and sell us out no matter whether they’re a neocon jerk Republican like Bush or a treacherous panderer like Hillary.

    Es la via del gobierno “no-tan-democratico” hoy dia en EEUU, de explotar al trabajo de los Latinos y pues traicionarnos. Y es la responsibilidad nuestra castigar a los politicos que tratan a nuestra gente con desprecio!

    Blacks and Latinos are both the dispossessed people of America. Blacks were brought over under humiliating conditions by the British and their Anglo descendants, by the millions to do the dirty work that made America strong, while not being paid a cent for their contributions. Then further betrayed and humiliated even after they won their freedoms.

    We Latinos, similarly, were invaded by Anglo imperialists during the Mexican War in 1845– with the Anglos’ intention of spreading atrocious Black slavery into our homelands in what is now the USA Southwest, no less. (Similar in Florida, then in Puerto Rico.) The Anglos brutalized and displaced us, massacred our people, then– after we had the guts to fight back and thwart their progress– tried to renege on their own treaty obligations following the war.

    It’s now time to hold the Anglos to their obligations, to respect us if they want us to respect them. That means *all* the obligations– to respect our festivities, our culture, our absolute rights to utilize español for everything from offices and schools to hospitals and ballots and debate in the statehouses in the regions of our homelands. No exceptions, no tolerance for any more Anglo arrogance!

    Education is the key here, and we will continue to fail our kids so long as they’re enrolled in the dilapidated, underfunded, Anglo-controlled English-medium only public schools, which are horrendous. The kids are unsafe there, they don’t learn much of anything and much of what they do learn is often Latino-hating propaganda.

    I’ve been on this topic elsewhere so will just repeat it here:

    There are three alternatives as far as I can tell. One is the increasingly popular, Spanish-English dual-medium schools, now not just at the elementary level but also in high schools and even universities, which tend to be higher quality overall and attract a better quality of teachers.

    The second is private schools– also with the best being dual medium variety.

    The third is homeschooling, in which parents can also establish a dual-medium curriculum, give a safe environment and actually educate our kids.

    More Latinos are doing this, and as some people are saying, it’s especially valuable to do this in states outside of the SW, Chicago and Florida where Latinos have a traditionally strong presence and can rely on each other in the scholastic communities.

    Yo mismo lo recomendaria a los padres Latinos que deben enfrentar los fracasos de la sistema de escuelas publicas en EEUU. Es la unica opción en realidad para nosotros y los niños, para proporcionarles el futuro mejor que merecen!

  2. Gravatar Icon Nezua Limon Xolagrafik-Jonez Oct 9th, 2007 at 5:50 am

    looking forward to it.

  3. Gravatar Icon Alice Jul 16th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    What about Latino Africanos?Their are also black and mixed latinos.Why are we never included??? :(

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