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  •  Hi Dee--I think I wasn't clear (1+ / 0-)
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    Denise Oliver Velez

    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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