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  •  Hi Dee--thanks for this. I've been to both (4+ / 0-)

    and can say that it is not a huge surprise coming from the DR government--they've been becoming increasingly nationalistic.  Among many DR nationalists, Haiti is BAD--the history of Haiti conquering and occupying the DR from 1822-1844 is part of their lore.  Dominican Independence Day marks the end of Haitian rule.

    I think a lot of the average Dominican's dislike of Haitians comes from Haitians crossing the border looking for work, so you get a similar dynamic of the US-Mexico border debate.  And, as we have here, race quickly becomes a factor.

    In Haiti, the DR is seen as a marker of where the Haitians want to be--stable government, a vibrant tourist industry, a growing economy.  I found no antagonistic attitudes.

    I hope the DR government does not try to put this into action through deportations.  That would be a massive refugee crisis.

    To be free and just depends on us. Victor Hugo.

    by dizzydean on Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 10:05:51 AM PDT

    •  the attitudes go far beyond (2+ / 0-)
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      Dominicans looking for work

      They have already been deporting people - the problem is they are going to be deporting Spanish speaking Dominicans.

      Racism is a key factor and every International agency report points that out

      "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 11:42:32 AM PDT

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      •  Hi Dee--I think I wasn't clear (1+ / 0-)
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        I'm definitely not disagreeing with you re: race.

        What I meant to say was that I've met no Haitians who expressed racist ideas towards the Dominicans.

        Among the Dominicans, the racism I ran into was based on a historical hatred and complaints about Haitians coming to the DR for work.  That's what I meant about the border dynamic, such as we have with racism towards Hispanics/Latinos.

        The Jesuits I work with have been involved in educational projects in the refugee communities along the Haitian-DR border, where thousands live in squalor.  This has been going on for some time, as you said.  Let's hope that the DR will see some reason and not play limpieza de sangre games with those of Haitian ancestry by expelling the impure.

        To be free and just depends on us. Victor Hugo.

        by dizzydean on Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 05:06:13 PM PDT

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        •  thanks for clarifying Diz (1+ / 0-)
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          Yes - Jesuits and other Catholic charities have been trying to cope with this and are overwhelmed by the need in the border areas.

          "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 Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 12:09:20 AM PDT

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