, the outspoken face and director of the Cobb Immigrant Alliance
, said he
went to the banquet several years ago and will attend Saturday night to accept the community service award.
said the recognition is for immigrants of all backgrounds, who are part of the community and should have a strong camaraderie with African-Americans because of their shared experiences.
In the past, Latin Americans and African-Americans have been divided, but this step to highlight the Cobb Immigrant Alliance
indicates a maturing of the community to stand together, Pellegrino
"White privilege is still so strong everywhere," said Pellegrino
, who added that "racism is alive and well," especially in the "gross disparity" of earnings between races.
"Immigrant issues are not about the law, but about angst by the white community about the browning of America," Pellegrino
* Community award: Rich Pellegrino, director of the Cobb Immigrant Alliance
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