Sunday, July 16, 2006 at 1:33 PM
Ironically, Blacks have found themselves locking arms with conservative Republicans on the most critical and divisive issue in American politics today: illegal immigration. And, of course, their most ardent foes on this polarizing issue are Hispanics and Democrats. Therefore, it’s not surprising that simmering cultural biases, which once made the political alliance between Blacks and Hispanics tenuous at best, have now erupted into open hostilities.
Moreover, it has only exacerbated tensions that Hispanics (at 14.1% of the population, and multiplying like rabbits) have now usurped Blacks (at 12.8%, and relatively barren) as the most significant voting bloc in U.S. politics. And leaders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) must have felt completely dissed last week when former President Bill Clinton and President Bush’s chief advisor Karl Rove both made solicitous overtures to Hispanics at the annual meeting of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest Hispanic civil rights group in the country.
NOTE: I feel obliged to stress that this growing schism between Blacks and Hispanics is not based solely on political pragmatism. Because it is fostered by a virulent stream of racial prejudice against Blacks by Hispanics, which rivals the historical prejudice Whites have displayed against them.
Indeed, it’s also not surprising that gang warfare rages more between Blacks and Hispanics than between Blacks and Whites (or Whites and Hispanics)….