As Latino and African Americans increasingly live side by side
in large urban centers, as well as in suburban clusters, the
idealized concept of a "Rainbow Coalition" would suggest that these
two disenfranchised groups are natural political allies. Indeed, as
the number of Latinos has increased dramatically over the last ten
years, competition over power and resources between these two
groups has led to surprisingly antagonistic and uncooperative
interactions. Many African Americans now view Latinos, because of
their growth in numbers, as a threat to their social, economic, and
Vaca debunks the myth of "The Great Union" and offers the hope
he believes each community could learn from, in order to achieve a
mutually agreed upon agenda. More than simply unveiling the
problem, The Presumed Alliance offers optimistic solutions to the
future relations between Latino and Black America.
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