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by The People’s Minister of Information JR Valrey
Haitian activist lawyer Ezili Danto speaks on the current state of Dominican apartheid and the denationalization of Haitians within its borders. “The Dominican Republic is the Israel of the Caribbean,” Danto says, noting that they sided with the Confederacy during the U.S. Civil War. “Haiti is a sanctuary for freedom, a sanctuary in a world where, when the Africans liberated the island, it was the only place on Planet Earth where slavery of Black people did not exist.”
Danto explains that what Europeans mean when they say that the Dominican Republic is better than Haiti is that “the Dominican Republic is owned more by white folks and light-skinned folks, and Haiti is owned by Blacks.”
Haitians have long been drawn or forced to work on the Dominican sugar plantations. When you use sugar, consider that it is at least partially the product of enslaved Haitians. “We’re asking people to boycott Dominican products,” Danto says.
The People’s Minister of Information JR Valrey is associate editor of the Bay View, author of “Block Reportin’” and “Unfinished Business: Block Reportin’ 2” and filmmaker of “Operation Small Axe” and “Block Reportin’ 101,” available, along with many more interviews, at www.blockreportradio.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.