Shades of the Border

May 25th, 2012

This video demonstrates how Dominicans use Racialization when it comes to their sister island of Haiti.  Though the Haitians and the Dominicans look quite similar (the Haitians may be a tad bit darker), they view the Haitian people as less than which shows how the white/black binary persists in other countries as well. Over one million Haitians live in the Dominican Republic illegally and the video illustrates the conflicts that exist because of the white/black binary which is not only prevalent in the United States but as you see in this video in another “minority ethnic group” .  Dominicans and Haitians derive from the same lands and some the same ancestry, but yet one holds a stigma on the other because of skin color.  The other conflicts that Pineda mentioned pertain to cheap labor, language and religion but the real heart of the conflict involves darkness.  The darker the person, the more Racialization occurs even within otherminority groups.



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