When Immigrants Arrive, African-Americans Feel Pressure

October 13, 2011  |  

(California Watch) — Of all the demographic pairings in California, the sharp increase of immigrants in African American neighborhoods tends to generate negative headlines, whether it’s about jockeying for jobs or political power or Latino gangs terrorizing African American residents in cities like Azusa, outside Los Angeles.

But in a recently released study titled, “All Together Now? African Americans, Immigrants and the Future of California,” experts from the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration at the University of Southern California take a detailed and nuanced look at the evolving relationship between the two communities. The report’s focus is not just on the much-publicized challenges, but also on the under-reported alliances and daily accommodations made throughout the state, a phenomenon the authors call “everyday social justice.”

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