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20214, black/latino relations
Posted by azucar18, Sun Nov-05-00 07:43 AM
being that latinos are allegedly going to be the largest "minority" group in the u.s. in (pick a year here), i'm curious: do blacks and latinos get along in your area?

let me explain where i'm coming from. i grew up on long island, and where i lived there weren't a whole lot of latinos. in the schools that i attended, people of color were definitely a "minority". i always felt that my black peers were friendlier towards me than my white peers (because "we're all minorities"). i even seriously considered going to howard, although eventually finances kept me in new york.

in college, it wasn't unusual to see latinos in black fraternities/sororities, and vice versa. i was in a latino activist organization, and whenever we had events at least 40-50% of the people in attendance were black non-latinos. black-latino friendships and relationships were commonplace. however, i was surprised to learn from friends who weren't from new york that the harmonious relations between blacks and latinos was strictly "a new york thing". evidently, in other areas of the country, both groups see each other as a threat.

is this true where you live? if latinos and blacks don't get along where you live, what would be the best way to remedy that? perhaps this may sound hopelessly naive, but i think that we really need each other.


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