AFRICANGLOBE – The Dominican Republic’s decision to denationalize hundreds of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent has sparked international outcry. In an interview with Democracy Now!, Haitian-American novelist Edwidge Danticat spoke about the significance of the government’s campaign—she is among several writers who condemned the decision in a letter to The New York Times.
“I think what’s important to note is that those of us who are speaking against this law, we don’t have a quarrel with Dominican people,” Danticat told Juan Gonzalez. “We’re speaking against an injustice and an unjust law, just as we would anywhere else in the world. The reality is that a very large number of people can be affected by this, and this is happening in our region. And, of course, I have a personal connection to it, but I think it’s something that should concern everybody who cares about justice and human rights. And it sets also a very dangerous precedent for—in terms of moving large numbers of people who happen to be migrant or citizens elsewhere in the region.”
By: Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez
Below is an interview with Danticat: