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Black and Brown in America: The Case for Cooperation

Piatt, Bill

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ISBN 10: 0814766455 / ISBN 13: 9780814766453
Published by New York Univ Pr, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1997
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Not ex-library copy. Dust jacket is bright and clean with a little rubbing, a little waving at edges and a little crinkling of spine edges. Cover boards have wrap-around cloth with bronze lettering on the spine. Signed by author on half title page - no dedication, just the signature. "Autographed Copy" sticker on front cover. Text of 198 pages include index and are clean and tight. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 013194

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Title: Black and Brown in America: The Case for ...

Publisher: New York Univ Pr, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author

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Too often, when America speaks of race, it is in black and white terms. Dialogue surrounding race seems always to position whiteness as the center around which all other colors revolve. Meanwhile relations between minorities are largely ignored, surfacing in our consciousness only when tensions flare, as in the case of Black-Korean violence in Los Angeles.

In our life times, Whites will no longer constitute a majority in America. As a result, Black/Brown relations—and the need for this relationship to be fruitful and mutually supportive—take on an even greater urgency. Yet, this relationship has been troubled, characterized too often by a misguided sense of competitiveness, hostility, and even violence, as evidenced by the Miami race riots of the 1980s.

In this brief, accessible, impassioned volume, Bill Piatt surveys Black/Brown relations in their entirety, devoting chapters to such issues as competition in a shrinking labor market, the re-segregation of our public schools, the language barrier, gang warfare, and voting coalitions. Reviewing similarities and differences between the Black and Brown experience in America, Bill Piatt emphasizes the need for solidarity and mutual understanding and offers explicit proposals for greater racial harmony. Blacks and Browns must get along not only for their sake, he argues, but for a stronger, more stable America.

About the Author:

Bill Piatt is J. Hadley Edgar Professor of Law at Texas Tech University and the author of Only English? Law and Language Policy in the United States and Language on the Job: Balancing Business Needs and Employee Rights. He received his J. D. from the University of New Mexico.

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