The Sense of Cooperation Between African Americans and Latinos in Politics

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For many decades now African-Americans and Latinos have had a major role in American politics. For the most part on a national level in terms of U.S. politics it can be said that African-Americans and Latinos have been able to cooperate with one another, and have essentially had very little if any conflict with each other at all. This sense of cooperation with African-Americans and Latinos at the national level of U.S. politics can be said to be due to how African-Americans and Latinos have similar interests in terms of national U.S. policies and programs, the same it seems though cannot be said to occur at the local level in terms of there being the same type of cooperation between African-Americans and Latinos at the local level of U.S. …show more content…

politics states that intergroup relations among these two groups are marked by comity or cooperation (28). As stated earlier a way that African-Americans and Latinos cooperate with each other in terms of supporting the same policy agenda at the national level of U.S. politics would be by forming coalitions with each other. The importance of Latino and African-American coalitions can be seen to have most of its impact at the city level, and an interesting thing to note is that African-Americans or Latinos are either members of growth machine coalitions or progressive coalitions but not both, as the two main types of coalitions that African-Americans and Latinos would form with each other would be either a progressive coalition or a growth machine coalition. According to Professor Dario Moreno’s lecture, progressive coalitions are composed of groups of voters which would include or are composed of Liberals, African-Americans, and Latinos who want the city to support policies that are social justice and/or redistributive policies. Redistributive policies would consist of high taxes for home owners in which in turn the money that is gotten from these taxes would be used for programs such as government housing, transportation, and to give subsidized housing to lower class people. The book Black-Latino Relations in U.S. National Politics: Beyond Conflict or Cooperation, by Rodney E. Hero and Robert

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