Haiti : Black in Latin America (Haiti & the Dominican Republic: An Island Divided)

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Program: Black in Latin America
Episode: Haiti & the Dominican Republic: An Island Divided

In the Dominican Republic, Professor Gates explores how race has been socially constructed, and how the country's troubled history with Haiti informs notions about racial classification. In Haiti, Professor Gates tells the story of the birth of the first-ever black republic, and finds out how the slaves hard fight for liberation became a double edged sword.


http://video.pbs.org/video/1877436791?starttime=1200000#
 

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The first episode, which aired last night, was surprisingly honest (coming from Skip Gates), with some pointed remarks from him as well. I am putting the entire series on DVR and am so glad to see some attention paid to this major aspect of the Diaspora impacted by the slave trade. Those Dominicans though, what a sorry lot, if that is the prevailing mentality over there!
 

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The first episode, which aired last night, was surprisingly honest (coming from Skip Gates), with some pointed remarks from him as well. I am putting the entire series on DVR and am so glad to see some attention paid to this major aspect of the Diaspora impacted by the slave trade. Those Dominicans though, what a sorry lot, if that is the prevailing mentality over there!
If it wasn't for the one drop rule/law i believe black folks in the US would be the same way..maybe not as bad -but close...US is the only country in the world where blacks class themselves as a homogeneous group... even with that, there are still color classifications and (subtle) discrimination against folks based on their skin tone/ancestry....
 

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Thanks for posting.
Haiti has a very interesting and inspiring history...is there only one part? where's the rest?
I think Prof. Gates(and his team) did a great job, what do you think? I thought it very balanced ..waiting for bientempo to comment..:qqb011:
 

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I think Prof. Gates(and his team) did a great job, what do you think? I thought it very balanced ..waiting for bientempo to comment..:qqb011:
I did see the program last night as well but the one thing I dont get is why would Haiti be considered part of "Latin" America when it is not a Spanish speaking country.
 

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I did see the program last night as well but the one thing I dont get is why would Haiti be considered part of "Latin" America when it is not a Spanish speaking country.
lol. I remember an article in Glamour mag. about latin men and they classified italians, french, portugese as latin. I was like, Really? iono I guess because all romantic langs. have "latin" origins. iono
 

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lol. I remember an article in Glamour mag. about latin men and they classified italians, french, portugese as latin. I was like, Really? iono I guess because all romantic langs. have "latin" origins. iono
I guess you right. Wonder if that would include my folks from parts of Louisiana as well.


http://haiti.wikia.com/wiki/Latin_America
 

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