Black Americans and Latino immigrants in a southern city: friendly neighbors or economic competitors?

Paula D. Mcclain, Monique L. Lyle, Niambi M. Carter, Victoria M. Defrancesco Soto, Gerald F. Lackey, Kendra Davenport Cotton, Shayla C. Nunnally, Thomas J. Scotto, Jeffrey D. Grynaviski, J. Alan Kendrick

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Dramatic demographic changes are occurring in the United States, and some of the most dramatic changes are occurring in the South from Latino immigration. Latinos, by and large, are an entirely new population in the region. How are Black southerners reacting to this new population? Using survey data gathered from a southern location, this article explores several questions related to whether Blacks see these new residents as friendly neighbors or economic competitors. Results suggest that Blacks and non-Blacks perceive a potential economic threat from continued Latino immigration, but Blacks are more concerned about the effects of Latino immigration than are Whites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-117
Number of pages21
JournalDu Bois Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2007


  • Blacks Americans
  • economic competition
  • immigration
  • intergroup relations
  • Latinos

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