Aaron G. Fountain, Jr.
“Exclusively focusing on Trump, whether it’s working with him or resisting his policies, risks creating tunnel vision.”
“The Latino community has been experiencing racism and discrimination for far too long.”
Attempting to make Latinos appear to have more in common with Whites than Blacks downplays tensions between police departments and poor and working-class Latino communities.
As long as there are inner-city and suburban communities experiencing disinvestment, concentrated poverty, and inadequate employment opportunities, protests and riots over allegations of police brutality will likely continue.
Philadelphia represents a microcosm regarding the simplistic strategy of the Democratic Party’s outreach to Latinos.
Is the media to blame for Latinos’ absence in the debate about police-community relations?
Acknowledging and studying this history reveals how Latinos have shaped the country’s understanding of racial justice.
If the practice of viewing all Latinos as newcomers continues, some communities will be casted into the shadows.
Despite claims made on social media following recent riots in Ferguson and Baltimore, Latinos have a long history of rioting, too.
The fact that many Americans are unaware of non-white officers committing acts of brutality upon people of color reveals that the voices of our most disadvantaged groups have been marginalized.