Haitians & Dominicans : Ethnic Cleansing (REALLY THO?)

The sign this female holds reads (As best as I can translate given my great education,lol) “I am not racist, but I don’t want Haitians in my (city?, Home?, Place?). One word. Disgusting.

What I find stomach turning about this is that these are 2 cutural groups who are so closely intertwined but yet seem to “hate” and discriminate against each other for because of which side of the island you were born on. I’m proud that America is minding its own business in this matter, but damn…wouldn’t it be nice to lend a hand? There has been absolutely little to NO news coverage about this “Ethnic Cleansing” that is taking place. I decided to research on my own, once again. The videos….the disgusting, immoral videos that I’ve seen online…it saddens me. I often get myself emotionally involved in these situations but then I have to take a step back and realize….I am afforded my right because of where I live and these people….just aren’t. The way things work here, don’t fly the same everywhere else.

You guys have to go to youtube or any other video source to see the TRAVESTY that is taking place in the Dominican Republic. Thinking back through what I was taught about Haiti and the DR, and remembering stories that were told by friends and family who are of DR/Haitian descent, I can say this :

DR & Haiti History

The Dominican Republic and Haiti have been at odds for decades. Haitian “blackness” became a different type of blackness than that of a Dominican. It’s been a long standing practice of not recognizing Dominican people of Haitian descent who were born in the Dominican Republic. They are often lumped in with a second group: Haitian migrants who came to the country – sometimes by force – to worin the sugarcane fields. These sentiments were taught in school and repeated through state propaganda until the late ’60s. (Here’s RED FLAG #1, Teaching Discrimination)

Rafael Leónidas Trujillo 

One man did more than anyone else to encourage the aforementioned. The country’s president between 1930s – 1961, Rafael Leónidas Trujillo. The 1937 Parsley Massacre is widely regarded as a turning point in Haitian-Dominican relations. The massacre, executed by the Dominican dictator, slaughtered generations of Haitians along with Dominicans who looked dark enough to be Haitian. It was said that their inability to roll the “r” in perejil (the Spanish word for parsley) gave them away. (This was the most ABSURD thing I’ve read in forever, but in todays day and age….what doesn’t pass as “ok”? Even back then. It disturbs me that this genocide was government sponsored.)

NOW

Today’s impending deportations stem from a law passed last year that requires all foreign-born workers to register with the government within a year or face deportation, as noted by the New York Times. The government has said it wants to only get a handle on its migrant work force, and has promised to open a path to naturalization for those who register.The law, which followed a 2013 court ruling to strip the citizenship of children born in the Dominican Republic to foreign parents, was seen by many in the human rights community as thinly veiled discrimination against the Dominicans’ darker-skinned neighbors.

I’m done expressing my disgust….What do you guys think about this?

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