(AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Demonstrators damage a Dominican Republic’s flag during a protest in Port-au-Prince, Friday, May 8, 2009. People hurled stones and tore down a sign at the Dominican Republic’s consulate in Haiti to protest the decapitation slaying of a Haitian in Santo Domingo.
In America, Mexicans are the bottom of the food chain. Whether native born or not, they are treated like illegal aliens, reminded time after time again and again that they’re taking away our jobs even when the only reason some of those jobs are available to them is that no self-respecting American is willing to do them. People try to pretend this hate of ALL Mexicans stems from the fact that some Mexicans are breaking the law to live here in America. But under all this is a thinly veiled contempt for all brown people. In a word, it’s disgusting.
In the Dominican Republic, Haitians are the bottom of the food chain. Whether native born or not, they are treated like illegal aliens, reminded time after time again and again that they’re taking taking away jobs…okay, so you get the drill? Not to mention that there’s always been a lot of bad blood between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Haiti took over DR once (or was it twice?) And it doesn’t help that DR’s own personal evil dictator, Trujillo once enacted his own personal genocide against Haitians in the Dominican Republic. He then calmly told Jews escaping the Holocaust that they should pack their bags and come right in.
If you’re a dark-skinned black in the Dominican Republic, the backhanded joke people make is that you look like a Haitian. This is not a compliment. And no self-respecting Dominican owns up to the fact that they probably have some Haitian blood. Only Spanish blood is glorified after all. In a word, it’s disgusting.
In this kind of climate, it’s easy to see how things could get ugly real fast. And they did. According to Dominican Today
and Latina magazine
, a Haitian man, Carlos Nerilus
was lynched and beheaded by an angry mob. This happened in a country just off the coast of Florida, off the coast of a country where a black president rules the roost. The crime was retribution against the Haitian national who had allegedly stabbed to death of his Dominican employer on the previous day.
Either way, I’m glad to live in a country where this kind of stuff no longer happens to black people. As a rule, Americans don’t seem inclined to lynch and kill random black people or for that matter, suspected criminals. But there is plenty of news since Obama that reminds us that racially motivated attacks against Latinos are not all too infrequent occurrences.