Historically, Black Americans have easily found common ground on
political, social, and economic goals. Yet, there are signs of
increasing variety of opinion among Blacks in the United States,
due in large part to the influx of Afro-Latino, Afro-Caribbean, and
African immigrants to the United States. In fact, the very
definition of "African American" as well as who can self-identity
as Black is becoming more ambiguous. Should we expect African
Americans' shared sense of group identity and high sense of group
consciousness to endure as ethnic diversity among the population
increases? In Black Mosaic, Candis Watts Smith addresses the
effects of this dynamic demographic change on Black identity and
Smith explores the numerous ways in which the expanding and
rapidly changing demographics of Black communities in the United
States call into question the very foundations of political
identity that has united African Americans for generations. African
Americans' political attitudes and behaviors have evolved due to
their historical experiences with American Politics and American
racism. Will Black newcomers recognize the inconsistencies between
the American creed and American reality in the same way as those
who have been in the U.S. for several generations? If so, how might
this recognition influence Black immigrants' political attitudes
and behaviors? Will race be a site of coalition between Black
immigrants and African Americans? In addition to face-to-face
interviews with African Americans and Black immigrants, Smith
employs nationally representative survey data to examine these
shifts in the attitudes of Black Americans. Filling a significant
gap in the political science literature to date, Black Mosaic is a
groundbreaking study about the state of race, identity, and
politics in an ever-changing America.
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