Underreported: Haiti and the Dominican Republic: Uneasy Neighbors on One Small Island

Thursday, April 06, 2006

On today's Underreported, a look into the history of discrimination against Haitians in the Dominican Republic, and why the two neighbors are so culturally and politically different. Leonard talks to Dr. Edward Paulino, professor of history at CUNY's John Jay College; and Julissa Reynoso, an attorney and activist in New York City. She recently co-authored an article for Clamor magazine called »On Reversals: Blackness And Political Freedom On Hispaniola.

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Charlene from Bayside, New York

When you say that the Haitians 'arrived' from West Africa in the 1700s you do not mention how they came to be there. Most Caribbean people are of African descent, their ancestors having been brought there as slaves by colonial powers. This holds true for Haiti, as well. (Most indigenous people having already succumbed to diseases brought over by Europeans before the 1700s.) "Conveniently" neglecting chunks of history and using the "Spanish were here first" argument is simplistic and yet another whitewashing of history. Indiscriminate killing of Haitians by those whipped into a furor by Trujillo is a savage example of brother against brother.

May. 04 2012 11:54 AM
Daniel Martinez from New York

Just listening to Mr. Paulino demonstrates that the value of a doctorate has been diluted.He and his companion spew a host of lies and half truths and effectively twist verifiable facts in history to fit their Afrocentric dialogue.

They are part of a group that shields Haiti and Haitians from their responsibilities in the historical and current mistrust between both nations.

Sadly the most misinformed is the supposed doctor who must have found his thesis in a cereal box or perhaps in a five percenter meeting.

The problems between both nations are very deep and very complex yet this duo simplifies it for a crowd that is used to being spoon fed information and that does not do its homework with that most essential of all attributes for true learning, skepticism.

They both conveniently neglect to say that Haitians as a people have not been on the island for too long and that when they arrived from West Africa in the mid to late 1700's the Spanish side (today's Dominican Republic)had been established for over 200 years. They also conveniently begin history in the one offensive action by the Dominican side ,that of Trujillo yet they neglect to go into detail about the Haitian occupation and subsequent invasions of D.R. which included a pattern of rape murder and destruction! No sir if the truth would be known no sane person would blame Dominicans for the mistrust of Haitians for anyone who's country has been invaded with the savagery of the Haitian invasions would not question Dominican reactions.

Feb. 12 2010 10:31 PM

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