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. Itâ€™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 Oâ€™Reilly Factor, The Big Story, EXTRA, and numerous CNN News and Talk Shows. He was a regular commentator on CNBCâ€™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 Gordonâ€™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.