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  •  That just blows my mind (2+ / 0-)
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    Denise Oliver Velez, Avila

    My mom's side of the family did not even get here until well after WWI. The idea that anyone would say we aren't citizens as a result is absurd.

    I also wonder how much intermarriage has occurred. My mom's family has been here less than a century, but my dad's stretches back many centuries.

    Time is of no account with great thoughts, which are as fresh to-day as when they first passed through their authors' minds ages ago. - Samuel Smiles

    by moviemeister76 on Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 07:50:23 AM PDT

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    •  All of my ancestors - of all colors (2+ / 0-)
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      moviemeister76, Avila

      have been here since the 1600's (or before) but I'm still viewed as "not American" by some - simply because my skin is light brown.

      Besides discriminating against Haitian citizens, many Dominicans assume that all black people are
      Haitian, or have Haitian blood, which is regarded with equal resentment. It is also frequently believed that all
      workers on sugar cane plantations and all residents of
      bateyes are Haitian, although the labor pool in the sugar
      industry and the population in the bateyes
      is ethnically diverse, including second and third generation
      Dominico Haitians and even Dominicans without Haitian ancestors.
      From a 2002 Human rights watch document

      Yes, there was/is intermarriage.  

      "If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition." Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon

      by Denise Oliver Velez on Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 08:35:31 AM PDT

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