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Black MosaicThe Politics of Black Pan-Ethnic Diversity$
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Candis Watts Smith

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781479823543

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479823543.001.0001

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Black on Black History

Black on Black History

(p.19) 1 Black on Black History
Black Mosaic

Candis Watts Smith

NYU Press

This chapter discusses the political behavior of foreign-born Blacks toward native black African Americans. Black immigrant politicians distance themselves from African Americans to gain votes from whites and Blacks immigrants. They also separate themselves from the native Black when there is no need to mobilize against racial disparities. However, when Black immigrants gain racial consciousness and recognize that they are disenfranchised and discriminated, they tend to associate themselves with the African Americans. This research on native- and foreign-born Black relations is generally descriptive rather than theoretical, lacking a general explanation of why at times race is a unifier and at other times ethnicity is a divider among Blacks in the United States.

Keywords:   foreign-born Blacks, Black Americans, Blacks immigrants, racial disparities, African Americans, Blacks, United States

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