We sat down with Professor Mario Salas of San Antonio's NW Vista College and talked with him about the history of Black-Brown unity here in the United States and in Mexico.
Salas who is mixed Black and Mexican and a former Black Panther gave us a serious lesson that touched upon slavery, colonialism and the back drop behind some of the famous wars along the border of Mexico and Texas.
Salas started out by talking about the history between the Black Panthers and Brown Berets who are still active in San Antonio. He talked about how recently the Berets came to the aid of the African American community and helped them get a community radio station. he explained that the two groups were always able to work together because the Panthers didn't employ cultural nationalist politics. Both groups had a revolutionary philosophy which allowed for coalitions to form.
Salas talked about the original Rainbow Coalition which was conceived by Chairman Fred Hampton who headed up the Chicago ...