This book examines the political behavior of Afro-Caribbean immigrants in New York City to answer a familiar, but nagging question about American democracy. Does racism still complicate or limit the political integration patterns of racial minorities in the United States? With the arrival of unprecedented numbers of immigrants from Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean over the last several decades, there is reason once again to consider this question. The country is confronting the challenge of incorporating a steady, substantial stream of non-white, non-European voluntary immigrants into the political system. Will racism make this process as difficult for these newcomers as it did for African Americans? The book concludes discrimination does interfere with the immigrants' adjustment to American political life. But their political options and strategic choices in the face of this challenge are unexpected ones, not anticipated by standard accounts in the political science literature.
Reuel R. Rogers is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University. His general field of study is American Politics and his specialized research and teaching interests are race, ethnicity, urban politics, immigration, political behavior, and African American politics. He has published articles in journals such as Urban Affairs Review and Political Behavior, as well as essays in edited volumes. He completed this book during a year-long fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. Professor Rogers has also held graduate fellowships with the Social Science Research Council and the Ford Foundation. He is a professional member of the American Political Science Association and the Midwest Political Science Association.
1. Beyond black and white theories of political incorporation; 2. 'Good' blacks and 'bad' blacks?; 3. Letting sleeping giants lie; 4. Afro-Caribbean immigrants and African Americans racially bound and ethnically splintered; 5. Afro-Caribbean sojourners; 6. Black like who? Afro-Caribbean immigrants, African Americans, and the politics of group identity; 7. Black ethnic options; Conclusion.