On July 25th I joined Roberto Lovato of New American Media (see sample of his work on the subject here) at the 2008 Unity Convention of black, Hispanic, Asian and Native American journalists in a panel discussion: Cooperation, Competition or Coopetition? : Black-Latino Politics In the Post-Southern Strategy Era
I'm not sure how much we resolved. My take was based heavily on this Pew Hispanic report about the centrality of whiteness in Latino identity. But moderator Ray Suarez (of PBS NewHour fame) did leave me pondering one thing I hadn't considered before.
Latinos may be climbing a ladder into the American social mainstream that, despite our accomplishments, African-Americans have not really been permitted to ascend. But, as Suarez pointed out, in today's global sweatshop economy, the ladder is constantly sinking as the price of the American Dream rises out of sight.
Here's a link to a story about the panel in the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder