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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

    http://www.hrw.org/...

    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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