The Dominican Republic’s ‘Ethnic Purging’ Through The Mass Deportation Of Haitian Families

The Dominican Republic’s 'Ethnic Purging' Through The Mass Deportation Of Haitian Families
The Dominican Republic is an enemy of Black people

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: