Black-Latinx Solidarity: A Symposium

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Black and Latino/a/x people are often portrayed in academic and popular discussions as comrades in inequality and discrimination. By implication, these groups are perceived to be natural allies of each other. While there are numerous examples of cross-group collaboration, there are also distinctions in black and Latinx experiences, which sometimes lead these groups to different, and sometimes competing policy preferences. Under what conditions do black and Latinx groups forge collaborations, and what conditions exacerbate tensions between the groups? On Thursday, February 22, 2018, JWJI convened an interdisciplinary panel of scholars who study the relationships between these groups to explore the possibilities for cross-group solidarity.

black-latinx panelists 

Panelists:

Alan Aja Alan Aja, Brooklyn College, associate professor of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies and author of Race, Racialization, and the Miami Afro-Cuban Experience
Andrea Benjamin Andrea Benjamin, University of Missouri, assistant professor of political science and author of Racial Coalition Building in Local Elections
Darlene Rodriguez Darlene Rodriguez, Kennesaw State University, assistant professor of social work and social justice activist
Angela Stuesse Angela Stuesse, UNC-Chapel Hill, assistant professor of anthropology and author of Scratching Out a Living: Latinos, Race, and Work in the Deep South