By Reuel R. Rogers

This booklet examines the political habit of Afro-Caribbean immigrants in long island urban to reply to a well-recognized, yet nagging query approximately American democracy. Does racism nonetheless complicate or restrict the political integration styles of racial minorities within the usa? With the arriving of extraordinary numbers of immigrants from Asia, Latin the USA, and the Caribbean over the past a number of a long time, there's cause once more to think about this query. the rustic is confronting the problem of incorporating a gentle, immense movement of non-white, non-European voluntary immigrants into the political process. Will racism make this procedure as tough for those novices because it did for African americans? The e-book concludes discrimination does intervene with the immigrants' adjustment to American political existence. yet their political techniques and strategic offerings within the face of this problem are unforeseen ones, now not expected by way of ordinary debts within the political technology literature.

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Also see Fogg-Davis 2005. 26 Beyond Black and White counterparts. Moreover, they continue to rely on their group identity to make a variety of political judgments (Dawson 1994a; Tate 1993). They do not appear to find group politics “embarrassing or meaningless,” as Dahl would have predicted. Indeed, African Americans inevitably must reckon with the fact that race has a disproportionate influence on their civic, social, and economic standing in the United States. Consequently, one of the major lessons they learn during the incorporation process is to use their ties to other blacks – their racial identity – as a heuristic for making political decisions about issues likely to affect their lives (Dawson 1994a).

Similarly, middle-class earnings and occupational status do not give African Americans an automatic pass into high-quality, residentially integrated 10 See Chapter 6 for more discussion. II. Pluralist Standard and African-American Exception 27 neighborhoods. Their difficulty in turning such advantages into residential mobility contrasts sharply with the case for white ethnics, among whom middle-class status typically translates into higher levels of residential integration with other groups. , Massey and Denton 1993).

One of the most significant differences between African Americans and minorities from Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean is that the latter groups, unlike their native-born counterparts, are immigrants. As I show in my examination of the Afro-Caribbean case in the following chapters, the fact that these groups are immigrants with ties to other countries has considerable influence on their political attitudes and behavior – including their responses to the discriminatory barriers the minority group perspective rightly emphasizes.

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