Immigrant rights leaders in the U.S. show how to concretely build solidarity between the immigrant rights and Black Lives Matter movements.
By Raul Alcaraz-Ochoa, Jorge Gutierrez, Alan Pelaez, and Deborah Alemu, TeleSUR
August 7, 2016
An Open Letter to the Immigrant Rights Movement:
In light of the brutal murders of Alton Sterling, Philando Castille, Delrawn Smalls Dempsey, Alva Braziel, Joyce Quaweay, Skye Mockabee and Korryn Gaines, anti-Blackness, patriarchy and transphobia need to profoundly and urgently be addressed within immigrant rights organizing, now more than ever. Although non-Black Latinx solidarity with Black lives has increased and grown, there is still a lot of work to be done.
How do Latinxs and the immigrant rights movement navigate anti-Blackness? First of all what is anti-Blackness?
“Anti-Blackness is not simply the racist actions of a white man with a grudge nor is it only a structure of racist discrimination—anti-blackness is the paradigm that binds blackness and death together so much so that one cannot think of one without the other," according to Nicholas Brady in the Progressive.[...]
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