Monday, July 5, 2010

Call For Coalition Building

Hello All,

I am currently reading Eduardo Bonilla-Silva's book Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and Racial Inequality in Contemporary America. It is a very enjoyable book and has furthered my interest in the study of race. Why is this relevant? Because in one of the chapters he discusses where he thinks race in America is headed. He states, "My basic claim is that all this reshuffling denotes that the biracial order typical of the United States, which was the exception in the world racial system, is evolving into a complex and loosely organized triracial stratification system similar to that of many Latin American and Caribbean nations. Specifically, I contend that the emerging triracial system will be comprised of "whites" at the top, an intermediary group of "honorary whites"-similar to the coloreds in South Africa during formal apartheid, and a nonwhite group or the "collective black" at the bottom." The context is that given higher rates of Latino immigration and other changes America is headed toward a triracial with light-skinned Latinos as honorary whites (like Cubans) and dark-skinned Latinos in the collective black (like Puerto Ricans). While I was hesitant to agree at first I think the evidence he provides does have some merit. That's not why I'm writing this post. I am writing because I want us to have a different future.

I'm making a call to all my sisters and brothers out there. My people of color. As Latinos, Asians, Blacks, and for good measure lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgendered individuals we must work together. We must build coalitions to work for social justice. We cannot push people down to make ourselves 'fit in' with white America, rather we need to level the playing field and make sure that we change America to make it an inclusive place. We do not need to fit the mold of 'America' but create a new America. Where we challenge stereotypes, where we think critically, where we can see the whole person. Until then we must continue to work for social justice.

Adios for now!

-Carlos

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