Blacks, Latinos, and Asian Pacific Islanders must come to terms with their new influence in the political process. We must find ways to organize our demands together, city-by-city and state-by-state, while extending an invitation to others wanting change, or there will be no change. Given the shared dismal state of affairs, there is every reason in the world to collaborate.
Indeed, in what we believe is his candidacy’s most important contribution to US politics so far, Obama repeatedly has pressed this collective organizing agenda. He has consistently demonstrated that this primary season must be about unity on many levels–uniting the Party, uniting labor, uniting racial and ethnic groups and ultimately, post-November, unifying the country around a leader who can truly move this nation forward from the brink of the multiple crises it now faces.
If Obama’s amazing success thus far is any indication, voters are beginning to believe such unity is possible. The Texas primary will be a powerful test of that belief. Black-Brown unity must not take a backseat this time around.
Gerald Hudson and Maria Elena Durazo are contributors for The Root.