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And you thought only white people could be racist. In what can only be described as eugenic, the very tan Dominican Republic is planning to deport some of its very black Haitian population via obtuse legalism. Yes, very racist of those POC, but that’s the story. A lot of folks here at TRS often like to think in terms of huwhytes and dindus, but we’re erasing the experiences of other groups from our discourse by doing so. Physical removal is about to happen in the Caribbean, and we shouldn’t let it fly under the radar.
The Daily Kos, which I do not read regularly, has decent coverage of the impending happening:
Dominicans born after 1929 to parents who are not of Dominican ancestry are to have their citizenship revoked. The ruling affects an estimated 250,000 Dominican people of Haitian descent, including many who have had no personal connection with Haiti for several generations.
This isn’t the first example of anti-Haitian legalism in recent years:
Dominican officials began refusing to grant copies of birth certificates to the Dominican-born children of Haitian immigrants in 2005. This was in violation of the American Convention on Human Rights. After years of protests and legal haggling, the Dominican government began allowing Dominican-Haitians to get copies of birth certificates again, but the process was badly flawed.
Take that, 14th Amendment! Wait, we have Puerto Rico, not the DR. Oh well. As much as I am a fan of ending birthright citizenship and racial immigration policies, and keeping Haitians in the country they destroyed, this is just too funny coming from the Dominican Republic. As the author of the article correctly observes:
Racism in the DR is much worse than racism here in the United States. The idea of being black in the DR is wrapped up with being Haitian, and then takes on a xenophobic quality. The thing is, 90% of Dominicans would be considered ‘black’ by American standards. So there is a huge difference between being considered moreno (brown) and negro (black)… In other words, being black in the DR means being a second-class citizen with no legal protections. And now it means being stateless.
I’m sure the author didn’t intend to make this implication, but it sounds like being Haitian is bad. You know that one drop thing we had/have? In the Dominican Republic you get to have a lot of drops, just as long as you aren’t a Haitian. Who’d have thought the most racist people in the world are the mixed-race ones bordering Haiti? Crazy stuff, right? I don’t see how that could possibly lead to a reduced opinion of people of African descent. Speaking of Haiti, here’s something salient from the introduction on its Wikipedia article:
In 2012, Haiti announced its intention to seek associate membership status in the African Union. It has the lowest Human Development Index in the Americas.
The island of Hispaniola is of course, no stranger to racism. The western half, Haiti, was the wealthiest colony in the French sphere and relied on the exploitation of African slave labor by white colonists. It wasn’t very nice of them, but it gave Haitians something productive to do. After the French Revolution rocked the empire’s metropolitan foundations, the black majority of Haiti rose up and butchered their white rulers as well as mulattoes. No white genes in this pool. To keep things brief, independence and its derived race war ended Haiti’s prosperity more or less forever. A higher IQ minority was exterminated by a lower IQ majority.
Meanwhile, the Dominican Republic was a Spanish colony, but in addition to African slaves had a sizable white settler population as well as intermarriage with the indigenous islanders. There was also miscegenation with the black population, particularly after the end of slavery, which is why many Dominicans are considered black, Caribbean or “Afro-Latino” outside of their country, notably in the United States. Some of them are as racially black as they come, but don’t tell them that. Being labeled black is something that they are self-conscious about given their absolute screw-up of a neighbor, the dindustate of Haiti. And this attitude has a long history.
Again in the interest of brevity, I’ll only go as far back as Trujillo. Rafael Trujillo was presidente, or Latin American dictator in English, of the Dominican Republic twice—from 1930-1938 and 1942-1952—and was assassinated/physically removed in 1961. His immigration policies including welcoming Jewish refugees and Spanish civil war refugees, both of which would lighten the population of the Dominican Republic as he saw it. In terms of racism/race realism/racialism, this sounds like a good idea; let’s let in white people and Jews to help dilute our African-ness. That’s basically what the United States did until 1965, making the country become more white while the African share of the population declined from a fifth to almost a tenth.
Not even the Civil War could stop white immigration and population growth, only a Jewish legislator from New York.
As the McInnes Theorem points out, the more white people a country has, the better a place it is to live. I would add that urban East Asia is also a tolerable place, and Trujillo must have felt the same way, as he tried to attract Japanese immigrants as well. This was less successful than importing whites and Jews, as most Japanese people who went to the Americas ended up in Brazil, but I digress.
The infamous Parsley Massacre also happened under Trujillo. It was a physical removal via shibboleth (leth leth), as people who could not properly pronounce parsley in Spanish—who curiously happened to be Haitian—were killed. Estimates vary but the total number of Haitian/black Dominican deaths at the hands of the authorities is in the thousands. This genocidal act did not go unpunished:
U.S. president Franklin D. Roosevelt and Haitian president Sténio Vincent sought reparations of $750,000, of which the Dominican government paid $525,000 (US$ 8,612,673.61 in 2015 dollars). Of this 30 dollars per victim, survivors received only 2 cents each, due to corruption in the Haitian bureaucracy.
That’s something like 0.06%, since apparently very few people cared to enforce this, not even the Haitian government itself. A different tribe proved to be much better at reparations-seeking years later. The Dominicans, however, had very specific reasons for their anti-Haitian policies, whether they were immigration restrictions or outright genocidal:
President Joaquin Balaguer, Trujillo’s right-hand man, and the dictator that the United States installed in 1966, claimed that the Haitians were trying to invade and that their secret weapon was “biological.” As Balaguer put it, Haitians “multiply with a rapidity that is almost comparable to that of a vegetable species.”
Well there you have it; this sounds like something an early twentieth century American politician might have said about immigrants. DR for the Dominicans; Haiti for the Haitians. This kind of makes sense, right? I mean, part of why Haiti is so unlivable is, well, Haitians. There’s about ten million of them in Haiti and the similarly-sized Dominican Republic doesn’t want them. I don’t really care to be honest since neither group is my own tribe and this is for them to settle, but let’s try to see this from the Dominican perspective, which is somewhat like that of Anglo-America. If you let in more people of another race or ethnicity, your own share of the population will shrink. However, since most Dominicans are mulattoes or racially black, the DR has lost this battle as far as I can tell. The most basic thing they can do now is either not let in more Haitians or deport the ones they already have, and guess what, that’s what they’re doing. So far their government doesn’t care about muh human rights and is going to strip at least some of the Haitian-Dominican population of citizenship.
As most realists realize, nothing is more typical than the irrelevance of human rights in tribal conflict. You don’t have rights that you can’t enforce or have guaranteed by someone else. From Yugoslavia to Rwanda, people who are largely indistinguishable to outsiders end up fighting against one another over limited spaces. There is a long-running race war in Hispaniola—sometimes hot, sometimes cold—and the Dominicans are taking more active steps. By denying citizenship on the basis of blood, people who cannot prove Dominican ancestry—i.e black Haitians—won’t be allowed to stay in the Dominican Republic. No doubt the international community will step up to the plate to express their concern and condemn this, but what is anyone going to do about it? Will we launch an actual social justice war against the DR to prove that #BlackLivesMatter? I don’t think so, but as a famous American once said, “If you don’t like what we tell you to believe in, we’ll kill you.”