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Dominican Crackdown Leaves Children of Haitian Immigrants in Legal Limbo – NYTimes.com

Posted on: May 25, 2008

In a recent report, two United Nations experts found “a profound and entrenched problem of racism and discrimination” in the Dominican Republic, mostly affecting people of Haitian origin. The report said Haitians and their descendants face “extreme vulnerability, unjustified deportations, racial discrimination, and are denied the full enjoyment of their human rights.”

While studying in the D.R. this was very, very apparent to me on multiple occasions. In the DR, if you are as dark as I am, you are assumed Haitian until proven otherwise. Usually that proof did not happen until I spoke. I was saddened that my first experience with racism would be so close to home, right here in the Caribbean.

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