While watching the Arsenio Hall show last week, comedian guest, George Lopez suggested that Blacks and browns form a coalition. I sat there listening to his reasons: making babies (albeit the hair issues) for one. And logically, that’s not really news. This has been happening for a long time, however, things that make you go hhhmmmm…as Arsenio used to say.
Blacks and Browns forming a coalition. Really?
Even George Lopez admitted that once upon a time that wasn’t even a logical possibility, but at the same time; Black people don’t need Hispanics. What we’ve accomplished as a group in large part has been without their help–we owe them nothing; thus, why would they now be interested in forming a coalition with us?
Did you know that in 1963, some Hispanic Civil Rights organizations at first wanted to publicly denounce the Civil Rights march? But after seeing the mass of Black people move in on the Lincoln Memorial; they learned a valuable lesson about political force.
Politically, most Hispanics are Republican. Second; culturally, we have a lot of differences. We don’t have the same issues and concerns. Our agendas are very different. Blacks have worked very hard to establish equal rights in this country. We took it to a head during the Civil Rights movement. Where were they? However, immigrants enjoy the benefits of our struggle but didn’t pay the price.
There is also a perception problem. Many Black people perceive that Hispanics have lost favor with whites and this new interest in forming a coalition with us logically is related to them seeing us somehow becoming their buffer in their immigration struggle. They are no longer the “chosen minority” and are afraid.
Do they think we’re naive enough to believe that we don’t see through this?
Whatever the case, I’m not easily conned.
I’m giving this the side-eye because frankly, a snake will always shed it’s skin, but its nature will never change.
What becomes of this is a BIG QUESTION.