Racism Between Haiti And Dominican Republic

2225 Words Jun 5th, 2016 9 Pages
Black Experience in the Caribbean: BLST 202
Professor Anika Hylton
May 24, 2016
Racism between Haiti and Dominican Republic has led to self hatred
Throughout history, race, social development, politics and colonization have played a major role in the indoctrination of modern day Caribbean peoples mind subconsciously. Haiti and the Dominican Republic are two countries that were once one nation, however, the long-lasting effects of colonialism have separated the island which the nations sit into two independent Caribbean countries. Numerous events have led to the modern day conflicts and issues between these great nations, which include violations of civil rights, deportation and violence. To illustrate, relations that developed after the Parsley Massacre and the independence of these nations played a major role in their current social and racial battles. While the nations hatred for each other is clear today, it is important to note that the feud between Haiti and the Dominica Republic has been going on for more than 400 years.
The Dominican Republic and Haiti are close in geography, but not much else. Both countries exist in the Caribbean island of Hispaniola. But historically they rarely see eye to eye. Before the discovery of the new world the island of Hispaniola was occupied by an indigenous group of people called the Tainos, who were descendants of the Arawaks (Corbett). The Tainos were originally from South America. According to Corbett, many Tainos were killed by…
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