J. Jorge Klor de Alva and Cornel West



Black-Brown Relations: Are Alliances Possible?

Jorge Klor de Alva and Cornel West explore alliances between and among minority groups through dialogue around the possibilities of ethnic and racial alliances. The possibility of struggling together to overcome hierarchical and colonial constructions is complex, yet not impossible, because dominant ideological constructions permeate all of our institutions and consciousness levels. In this conversation, West argues that the racial paradigm, however destructive, must be recognized and tackled. Klor de Alva argues that the cultural paradigm must be recognized and tackled before long-lasting alliances can be built or created. They intersect in their critique of the role of class and the labor movement. Beverly Robinson, the respondent, adds her hope that such an alliance would be a powerful response to hegemonic forces as we enter the 21st century.

Black-Brown alliances, class, race

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 24, No. 2 (1997): 65-83