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    Default 80 Yr Anniversary of the Parsley Massacre

    80 Years On, Dominicans And Haitians Revisit Painful Memories Of Parsley Massacre'

    October 7, 20178:20 AM ET

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    http://www.npr.org/sections/parallel...rsley-massacre




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    I would love to say it was a different world back then but when I look at today's Sh!thead dictators the world has changed much.

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    The Dominican Republic has every right to control its borders - they really don't that's the truth. Every country does and should control immigration to maintain security and viability of the resources. But the Haitians that are in the DR, many that were born here and have never been to Haiti, many others who have legal status been here most of their lives and yet are treated badly.
    I would encourage people not to be afraid to interact with Haitians, many are great. They are humble and loving of their families. I can only imagine the 40s and what it was like for blacks in America who weren't considered for work except for the most menial jobs. Many know when they apply for a job their information goes straight in the waste can.
    I have perhaps a dozen Haitian friends in the DR and they have always been reliable friends, helping me move or just sharing a beer.
    I can say I was raised by parents in the deep South, and I would lie if I said I don't still hold some prejudiced views that were ingrained in me as a child. But it has taken living in cultures of different colors to get me to the point where I accept everyone deserves opportunity to make a good life and that color of skin does not make the man, woman, boy or girl.

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    The DR has the right to control its borders, but not like that. There's no justification for what happened in 1937 (in the same way there's no justification for all the people Dessalines massacred east of the border.)

    Even Joaquin Balaguer, who was one of the most influential men trusted by Trujillo, said that "the massacre was a barbarous act by orders of Trujillo, comparable only to Hitler's massacre of the Jews in Europe." He did said that though barbarous, it did solved the problem of illegal immigration from Haiti until the PRD rose to power in 1978 and basically became desinterested in guarding the border. Balaguer said that many key people in that administration were bothered by the 'taint' Trujillo's barbaric act thrusted upon the international image of the DR, that they wished to undo that by allowing Haitians to enter the DR basically with no controls what-so-ever. He also said that, though with good intentions, a person doesn't need to be a political expert to know that an uncontrolled increase of the Haitian population within the DR would put the survivability of Dominican sovereignty and even jeopardize the very existence of the country. As the DR population increasingly becomes overwhelmingly of partial Haitian ancestry, the legitimacy of the border will eventually brake down and when that happens, the DR will cease to exist absorbed into Haiti in body, mind, and politically. 

    The recent issues that arose during the regularization plan and how the DR was effectively cornered by the pro-Haitians is seen by many Dominicans as evidence in favor of what Balaguer said would eventually happen. That is only a small taste of what's in store for the country if the flow from the west continues with little or no controls. 

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    I mentioned elsewhere that I was at Punta Blanca in Bavaro today . To those who do not know the area it is at the northern end of the Punta Cana /Bavaro strip and I suppose more than 20 kilometres from the airport . It was almost impossible to see a Dominican face there ,they were all Haitian ..just as the enormous storm damage was a surprise to me the predominance of Haitians was staggering . The killings by Trujillo has had no effect on the flow of these people into the DR ..The illegal immigrant problem is far greater now than it was in the time of Trujillo and the approach simply would not work now . A different solution must be found very quickly.
    Last edited by AlterEgo; 10-09-2017 at 09:52 AM.

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