In 2003, census takers in the United States announced that Spanish speakers had overtaken African Americans as the second biggest ethnic group. Immediately black and white commentators lined up to condemn 'the brown explosion'. But do numbers equal power?
Broadcaster Harry Allen walks the few blocks from his home in Harlem to the old latino heartland of Spanish Harlem to find out, talking to writers such as Francisco Goldman on the way.
Two years ago, census takers in the United States announced that Spanish speakers had overtaken African Americans as the second biggest ethnic group in the United States.
Immediately, white and black commentators lined up to condemn what they dubbed the brown explosion.
But do numbers, in America, equal power?
From his home in Harlem, broadcaster Harry Allen travels a few blocks east, to Spanish Harlem, to discover what the huge rise in Hispanic numbers means.
Along the way he talks to the artist James de la Vega; writers Francisco Goldman and Esmeralda Santiago; and the former Young Lord, Luis Garden a Costa.