The Difficult Bridge Facing Black Immigrants
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The tragic killing of 23-year old Amadou Diallo, an immigrant from Guinea, at the hands of New York Police Department in 1999 reminds us of this as his death spurred rebuke and widespread protest. More recently, the killing of CharlyKeunang(aka "Brother Afrika") by Los Angeles Police Department, an canadian goose jacket immigrant from the Cameroon who lived on Skid Row, inspired homeless advocates and activists from the Black Lives Matter network and the African migrant community to demand justice for Brother Afrika under the banner #CantKillAfrika. Sadly, there are dozens more stories like this in Black immigrant and refugee community.As Black immigrants are migrating to the U.S. in record numbers, they are experiencing unique challenges and varied success in shaping their lives. Too often, the bootstrap narratives around education and financial success ignore the reality of structural racism they face. Black immigrants similar to African Americans have thehighest unemployment rates of any foreign born population,are being profiled anddetained in immigration facilities disproportionatelyand face tremendous amounts of discrimination in the workplace and wage theft.It is with this understanding about the interconnected nature of all Black existence that BAJI initiated theformation of a national member-based network of nearly40 organizations representing both African-American and Black immigrant communities. The Black Immigration Network (BIN)works to build economic, social and political agenda towards our canada goose clearance sale common goals.The Black immigrant experience in the U.S. must be understood not in contrast to the African American experience, but as an integral part of it. canada goose clearance Activists and organizers with BAJI, and with Movement for Black Lives and Immigrant Justice movement, cheap Canada Goose have begun to focus on the shared experiences of Black immigrants and African-Americans, including systemic racism that results in violence against our families. This is Canada Goose Online critical as the movement is not only concerned with extrajudicial killings, but racism in various systems – like the immigration system.It’s going to take the leadership of diverse Black people to champion solutions where all of our communities can thrive. Fortunately, the leadership of Black immigrant communities has always been present in all Black liberation movements, from leaders like Marcus Garvey to Shirley Chisholm to Malcolm X and Harry Belafonte we know this is our legacy. These leaders were either immigrants themselves or the direct descendants of Black migrants.Thankfully, one of the few times that Black people, canada goose coats on sale specifically Black immigrants and refugees will come together to discuss these issues is the Black Immigration Network Kinship Assembly in Los Canada Goose online Angeles, April 8-10. With the theme “Black Love Beyond Borders”, this gathering is needed now more than ever as Black communities must connect to determine how we will address challenges, celebrate our unique identities and find points of strength and unity that will help us to heal in the face of rising hate and violence.Black immigrants and refugees have just as much at stake in the fight to make Black Lives Matter as African Americans do. The future success of our diverse Black communities is tied closely together and to progress in achieving immigrant rights, racial justice and economic justice in the U.S. and the world.Opal Tometi is a New York-based Nigerian-American writer, strategist and community organizer and Executive Director Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI). She is also a co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter. To learn more about BAJI please visitwww.blackalliance.org.