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    Default Sad ending with Dominican ties

    I don't know if this story has even made the Dominican press, but it is one of those "Oh, yeah" stories that are sad, tragic and so typical of the Dominican diaspora.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/20/ny...ines&emc=tha29

    The ins and outs, relations, extended family, and drugs..

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    That is a sad story indeed. The thing I find saddest of all is that it is, as you said, typical of the Dominican diaspora to the point it isn't even newsworthy on the island.

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    Typical and disturbing. This is the image of Dominicans that most Americans have. The stereotypical Dominican York has done more to harm the image of the Dominican people than anyone or anything else.

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    Some people should not be allowed to have children. This story is sad, but it is sensationally dysfunctional.

    Nowadays it's the only type of tale about inner city life that makes headlines because it's ridiculous from beginning to end, like staring at a funhouse mirror at the carnival.

    If you live a life like this it is bound to end one way and one way only.

    It's the stories of casual, everyday cruelty that have endings just as sad that no one ever notices.

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    Also, the Dominican diaspora should not let itself be identified solely by the plight of it's bottom feeders, who always seem to get more press than the success stories.

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    Just like in the States you meet people with differing "ideas" about what is right and wrong with regard to business and life in general. Same is true here in the DR, we have people that for them anything goes with regard to enjoying life and generating income and others who have limits.

    The attitude Dominicans have towards business to me strikes similar to the attitude Americans have with regard to illegal drugs in informal situations at parties and among friends; ie it is regarded at least in these contexts as something generally given approval. Does this mean that all that those who promote said in such situations practice it? I don't believe so but the fact that it is given such respect inevitably will make it easy for many to use drugs without feeling ostracized a great deal and in fact many will feel somehow proud as if they had accomplished something requiring courage. Hey, what can I say? We constantly promote sex, drugs and rock and roll in the States so what should we expect? Dominicans promote a tigueraje business sense so it is inevitable that there will be certain consequences.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank the Tank View Post
    Typical and disturbing. This is the image of Dominicans that most Americans have. The stereotypical Dominican York has done more to harm the image of the Dominican people than anyone or anything else.
    Bogus. She didnt need to go to NY to get caught up in that. She could have gone to Kansas City or Paris and find herself in the same predicament. Her problem was that NO ONE in her family knew anymore to tell her to prepare herself for the world. In other words, as long as she was pretty they told her the world would beat a path to her door. She drops out of school and no one says anything? Why? Her people are too caught up in their own vanities. This has nothing to do with being in NY, it has to do entirely with Waiting for Godot. The whole world will be given to you with nothing in return on your part. When you subscribe to this and reality gives you the real hard body blows there aint no easy way out as Tom Petty would say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank the Tank View Post
    Typical and disturbing. This is the image of Dominicans that most Americans have. The stereotypical Dominican York has done more to harm the image of the Dominican people than anyone or anything else.
    First, if we'd concentrated on stereotypical image very few groups look good (Irish are drunks, Italians are mafiosi and so on...)


    Typical of Dominican Diaspora !!!!!!!!!???? FYI, I used to live in Upper Manhattan and drug addicted Dominicans are not typical

    This is typical albeit sad ending for people living that kind of live:Betty Williams, 28, a strung-out prostitute who had been to Rikers Island several times, and Hassan Malik, 55, a Navy veteran with a long criminal history of his own.


    Couldn't have said it better than Berzin :the Dominican diaspora should not let itself be identified solely by the plight of it's bottom feeders, who always seem to get more press than the success stories.
    Last edited by Africaida; 02-22-2011 at 02:51 PM.

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