ERIC Number: ED228344
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct-28
Reference Count: 0
West Indian Immigrants: Those Arrogant Bastards.
Walter, John C.
New England Journal of Black Studies, n2 p17-27 1981-1982
The influx of Caribbean West Indian immigrants into the United States has evoked mixed responses from the Afro American black community. The West Indians' high degree of literacy, sense of community, and high self esteem have developed black leaders who have earned the respect of enlightened Afro Americans through their achievements in education, politics, and black rights activism. On the other hand, there has been a notable hostility in relations between West Indians and Afro Americans in the 1920s. The tensions seem to stem, on the one hand, from Afro Americans' feelings of superiority over West Indians and the former's resentment of what they perceive to be the latter's air of sophistication; and on the other hand, from the West Indians' own air of superiority because of their British accents and association with sovereign origins. Relations between the two groups must be improved through a better understanding of cultural differences, an area of study in which educators should play an important role. (MJL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: West Indians
Note: Paper presented at the Five College Black Studies Seminar (Hampshire, MA, October 28, 1981).