Stressed out - Life of a BLACK Dominican of Haitian Decent

Domimican Immigration Officials Chasing Haitians
"I am selling all my houses in the Dominican Republic I am moving to Haiti," says a young black Dominican businessman of Haitian decent. He is literally fed up with life in the Dominican Republic and the racist treatment he is getting over there almost ALL the time.

This young man, let's call him Mario, was born in the Dominican Republic, his mother and father are both Haitians. Mario is a successful business man in the Dominican Republic. He owns a recycling business, he hires Dominicans to work for him, and he owns a few houses in the Dominican Republic.

I met him in Haiti recently and I asked him how the Dominican court's decision was going to affect him... All I did was open a can of worms...

The man is fed up...

"I'm Dominican, " he says, "And you are not... but if I take a Dominican bus in Banica (a border town) with you to go to Santo Domingo, We will be stopped about eight (8) times. Dominican Authorities will ask me for identification all eight times, they will check my bags all eight times... They will not even bother you once just because you are light skinned and I am Black skin..."

The man went on to explain to me how racist Dominicans are towards him. Although he is quite a successful young man, he gets no better treatment then a Haitian sugarcane worker.

"They treat me like an illegal immigrant just me because of my skin color," he says, "I really wish my parents thought me more about Haiti, I would've left the Dominican Republic a long time ago."

Since we met in Haiti, I asked Mario what was the purpose of his trip.

"I am here to buy land," he says, "I just bought two pieces of land in Haiti. I am selling my houses over there, I am selling my business, and I am moving to Haiti."

Mario barely speaks Creole, he speaks with a very heavy Spanish accent. He has allowed me to get a glimpse at the real life of a black citizen in the Dominican Republic.

What do you think?

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Tags: Dominican Republic, Dominican-Haitian relations, Haitians in the Dominican Republic, Haitian Newsletter Articles, Dominican Republic, Haitian Diaspora News, People

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