Thursday, October 18, 2007

Haitian exploitation in the Dominican Republic - 17 Oct 07

I immediately thought of the movie Sugar Cane Alley as I watched this. The only difference is that Sugar Cane Alley is set in the 1930s. This is going on today.

18 comments:

Torrance Stephens bka All-Mi-T said...

Love that print - looks like oil

Dance_Soul said...

Edwidge Dandicat wrote a wonderful book about the Trujillo called - The Farming of Bones. I've read it twice. The dynamics between the Haitians and Dominicans have been strained a long time.
It's a shame how class and income stratify people so much (all over the world).

Stephen Bess said...

Torrance-
Yes, so do I.

Dance-
Yes, I'm familiar with that book. As a matter of fact, I learned of the relationship between them through Dandicat.

get zapped said...

It's appalling to know this is still going on today. I feel foolish complaining about my job...

Have a good weekend!

the prisoner's wife said...

this sort of reminds me of the migrant farm workers that come to California...only worse.

i am still in awe that these two countries share an island, yet are at drastically different sides of the economic scale. while the D.R. is the next tourist hot spot, you can't even give blood if you've visited Haiti. it's like, the darker you are, the less options you have in this world (just look at how Cuban refugees are treated vs. Haitian refugees...THAT is appaling!)

the prisoner's wife said...

oh...and is it me...or do you also find it interesting that Al Jazera is covering this story? not CNN, not BBC, or (certainly) not a French News source?

Bygbaby said...

Modern day slavery! No wages, poor conditions, exploitation & no way out. Damn!

Bygbaby

Stephen Bess said...

Zapped-
I know...I always remind myself that there are those who are doing much worse.

Pwife-
Well, it's just you pointing out a very interesting point. Thank you and yes it is peculiar.

Bybaby-
Yeah, you said it.

Another Conflict Theorist said...

Peace,

"Sugar Cane Alley" indeed. This is the kind of thing that allows me to wrap some context around my "struggles."

Thank you, Stephen.

Cero said...

Esto es muy importante.

NML said...

I am not surprised by what I have just watched. Slavery and exploitation are very real today...we now call it globalisation and profit...

Stephen Bess said...

ACT-
Thank you.

Cero-
Yes, indeed and hello!

NML-
Speak on it! You've said it all. There are so many companies in the West that contribute to that misery.

Writer on Board said...

I saw a film about this at the New York Latino Film Festival. It was about a friendship between a rich white Dominican boy and a poor Black Haitian boy. The film was a bit "Okay, now the violins! Okay, now everybody weep!" but the topic was important enough to make it worth seeing and showing. And sad. As usual.

Stephen Bess said...

Alex,
this sounds like an interesting film. Besides, I'm a big fan of independent film. Thanks for the comment. :)

Guyana-Gyal said...

I've heard of people being treated like slaves in Brasil too. Shocking.

Lyrically speaking said...

I'm not at all surprised that it goes on over there and i've heard it in NY from Dominicans themselves how Haitians in DR are not at all respected, treated worse than dogs. My sister visited DR two years ago and at the hotel, they all thought she was Dominican until she started speaking Creole to one of the workers at the hotel and all the Haitian waiters even housekeeping swarmed around her like vultures, lol, they couldn't believe she was Haitian. It's sad, cause the Dominicans at the hotel were all trying to speak Spanish to her then they said to her in English that they thought she was Spanish cause she's not dark like the Haitians.

Can you believe their ignorance? As if we don't have light-skinned or even whites in our country.

Stephen Bess said...

GG-
There's nothing new under the sun, huh?

Cathy-
Yeah, the whole issue with color exist all over and ignorance is KING. It's a shame that it has to be that way. My grandmother used to say that the devil was busy. I agree with her. There's evidence of it all over the world.

BronzeBuckaroo said...

Economic exploitation and intra-racial prejudice.....talk about getting me angry. MAD!

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