Brown Is the New Black

In her op ed, Erin Aubrey Kaplan analyses the standing of Latinos and African Americans, the racism both groups face, and the tendency to conflate their histories. “[I]t’s important to keep clear the history of black oppression, not least because it helps us understand how so much other codified oppression has followed from it. Black people have grievances that are uniquely ours and that have to be addressed as such. The black/brown monolith puts everyone on the same plane in a way that can blur critical edges of our unique experiences and expectations.”  She goes on to acknowledge, however, that the experience of racism has intensified for Latinos.  “Besides being portrayed as inherently criminal, Latinos as a group are also painted as parasitic, much as black people have been painted since the Reagan era.” To read her complete essay, click here.

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