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Latino Literacy Now praises race war trilogy.


Photo Right: Sanchez receives a first place award from Latino Literacy Now. The groups says they want to help Sanchez get his trilogy made into a movie.

If you are a white author who predicts that America’s immigration problems will lead to ethnic conflict, you are denounced as a “hardcore racist.”

However, novelist Raul Ramos y Sanchez just published book two in a trilogy about a future America griped in violent ethnic conflict. Of course Sanchez writes that this possible future scenario would be all the racist white man’s fault.

Rather than denunciations, Sanchez is receiving praise and awards from both fellow Latinos and white liberals.

The editor of the left-wing Dayton City Paper praised the novel.

Inspired by his own immigration story and stories of so many other Latin Americans, Ramos y Sanchez founded www.MyImmigrationStory.com, an online community where people from all backgrounds can share their own stories about coming to the U.S. The stories he reads on his website definitely inspire his writing, he said, especially the stories of the “human tragedy created by the red tape of the U.S. immigration system.”

In his books, Ramos y Sanchez portrays what many politicians are beginning to voice on the floor of Congress. President Obama voiced it himself in his State of the Union address last week, saying, “I strongly believe that we should take on, once and for all, the issue of illegal immigration. I am prepared to … address the millions of undocumented workers who are now living in the shadows.”

“I wrote ‘American Libre’ and ‘House Divided’ as a wakeup call to the dangers the U.S. faces as the debate over illegal immigration becomes increasingly hostile,” said the author. “The middle ground between Latinos and the mainstream is growing smaller every day. Arizona’s SB 1070 is supported by a majority of non-Hispanic whites. Among Latinos, it is overwhelmingly opposed.”

When Ramos y Sanchez began writing “America Libre” in 2004, he was scoffed at. “The idea of a Hispanic uprising seemed far-fetched at the time,” he said. “Unfortunately, that has changed. In less than a generation, the U. S. and other developed countries will be competing for immigrant labor to offset their rapidly aging populations. At that time, statutes like Arizona’s SB1070 will look like the Jim Crow segregation laws.”

With the growth of right-wing extremist groups and the surge in hate crimes against Latinos, Ramos y Sanchez said, he fears the xenophobic hatred being unleashed today “could become intense enough to radicalize the majority of Latinos and drive them into what is now only a fringe Latino separatist movement.”

“In that nightmare future, the U.S. could see a violent ethnic uprising like the Chechens in Russia, the Basques in Spain, the Tamils in Sri Lanka and the mother of all ethnic conflicts, the Balkans,” he said.