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Black-Brown Relations and Stereotypes by Tatcho Mindiola, Yolanda Flores Niemann, Nestor P. Rodriguez


Black-Brown Relations and Stereotypes by Tatcho Mindiola, Yolanda Flores Niemann, Nestor P. Rodriguez

Race relations in twenty-first-century America will not be just a black-and-white issue. The 2000 census revealed that Hispanics already slightly outnumber African Americans as the largest ethnic group, while together Blacks and Hispanics constitute the majority population in the five largest U.S. cities. Given these facts, black-brown relations could be a more significant racial issue in the decades to come than relations between minority groups and Whites. Offering some of the first in-depth analyses of how African Americans and Hispanics perceive and interact with each other, this pathfinding study looks at black-brown relations in Houston, Texas, one of the largest U.S. cities with a majority ethnic population and one in which Hispanics outnumber African Americans. Drawing on the results of several sociological studies, the authors focus on four key issues: how each group forms and maintains stereotypes of the other, areas in which the two groups conflict and disagree, the crucial role of women in shaping their communities' racial attitudes, and areas in which Hispanics and African Americans agree and can cooperate to achieve greater political power and social justice.


This is a very important book, in that it looks to the [racial] issues that are facing and will continue to face this nation over the next several years... No book could be more timely in this regard. Joe R. Feagin, author of Racist America: Roots, Current Realities, and Future Reparations

About the Author

TATCHO MINDIOLA JR. is Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Houston. YOLANDA FLORES NIEMANN is Associate Professor of Comparative Cultures and Director of Latina/o Outreach at Washington State University. NESTOR RODRIGUEZ is Professor of Sociology and Research Associate of the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. With Cecilia Menjivar, he coedited When States Kill: Latin America, the U.S., and Technologies of Terror. He has studied Central American migration to the United States and the formation of Latino immigrant settlements for more than two decades.

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Publication date

1st January 2003


Tatcho Mindiola, Yolanda Flores Niemann, Nestor P. Rodriguez

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University of Texas Press


165 pages




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