Race Relations Browns vs. Blacks

Once solidly united in the fight for equality, America's two largest minority groups have turned on each other in a fight for power

Bitter divisions are breaking out between the nation's two largest minorities. Once solidly united in the drive for equality, blacks and Hispanics are now often at odds over such issues as jobs, immigration and political empowerment. At the root of the quarrels is a seismic demographic change: early in the next century, Hispanics will outnumber African Americans for the first time.

Though the differences were long submerged, they burst into the open last year just before the annual awards dinner of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights in Washington. Instead of easy talk between old friends, an angry argument erupted. Contending...

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