This chapter begins the conversation surrounding diverse black ethnic groups in the United States. It introduces the upcoming chapters and discusses why it is important and necessary to observe the opinions and behaviors of black American, Afro-Caribbean, and African groups in the twenty-first century. This chapter dissects the interplay between race and ethnicity for blacks in the United States and how the negotiations with these dual identities affect participation, partisanship, policy attitudes, and feelings toward the American Dream. This chapter also begins a dialogue regarding the different “understandings” of the American Dream by black ethnics by presenting the initial questions surrounding participation, partisanship, perception, and policy questions.
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