More than 200,000 stateless people of Haitian descent living in the Dominican Republic are being forced to register for what they are calling the “regularization” program, or face mass deportation. The Dominican government is calling this a “racial cleansing,” while the rest of the world is calling it genocide.
Both Haiti and the Dominican Republic share the island of Hispaniola. But although they are extremely close in proximity, the two couldn’t be any further apart.
The conflict between the two countries began way back in 1937.
Via The Washington Post:
The 1937 Parsley Massacre is widely regarded as a turning point in Haitian-Dominican relations. The slaughter, carried out by Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo, targeted Haitians along with Dominicans who looked dark enough to be Haitian — or whose inability to roll the “r” in perejil, the Spanish word for parsley, gave them away.
Blood has been shed, and people are now linking the “cleansing” with the denationalization of Jews in Nazi Germany.
Sadly, there IS a link. What it all boils down to is colorism, racism, and classism. Here’s what New York city Mayor Bill de Blasio had to say according to the NY Daily News:
“It is clearly an illegal act. It is an immoral act. It is a racist act by the Dominican government,” de Blasio said. “And it’s happening because these people are black. And it cannot be accepted.”
For the full story, click here.
And watch this short clip in which a scholar explains that “Dominicans are in complete denial of who they are.”
This is all so heartbreaking.