Black People : THE DR'S DARK SECRET-RACISM AGAINST BLACK DOMINICANS HAS BECOME EPIDEMIC...

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  1. Goddess Auset333

    Goddess Auset333 Banned MEMBER

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    THE DR'S DARK SECRET
    RACISM AGAINST BLACK DOMINICANS HAS BECOME EPIDEMIC ON
    THE ISLAND

    By JULIO TAVAREZ

    August 8, 2007 -- When I read last week about the U.S.
    Embassy in the Dominican Republic censuring Loft, a
    nightclub in the Naco neighborhood of Santo Domingo,
    because of the club's policy of discrimination against
    black patrons and employees, it brought back sour
    memories of a recent trip I took to the island.

    Dominicans are known the world over for our great
    baseball players, our beautiful beaches and our
    friendly people.

    But there is something of a dirty secret that we sweep
    under the drug. Racism against black Dominicans, rich
    or poor, happens everyday, and not just in clubs.

    On my vacation, some friends I decided to check out a
    nightspot called Tribeca, in Santiago. Apparently, it
    was the hot spot. When we arrived, there was no line.
    As we waited, people began lining up behind us. Slowly
    they were allowed in. We weren't. I asked a bouncer
    why and he said one of the owners instructed him not
    to let us in.

    Puzzled, I checked our attire. We were dressed
    similarly to people being let in, so it wasn't what we
    were wearing. We weren't driving a Mercedes, but we
    weren't rolling in a Hyundai, either - we had a decent
    ride.

    Then, it dawned on me. It wasn't our clothes or our
    car. The only difference between the people that were
    given passage and us was they were light-skinned with
    European features while we were dark-skinned with
    African features. We were the wrong color.

    When I told my friend, he just said, "That's how they
    are here, let's go somewhere else."

    I was shocked. I had heard stories of people not being
    allowed into certain places in the DR because of their
    complexion, but it had never happened to me.

    I had heard the myth of the black Dominican baseball
    player who wasn't allowed in a club, bought the place
    and fired everybody. Stories like these are rampant,
    and seem like urban legends.

    But this was no legend.

    Acts of racism are commonplace in the Dominican
    Republic. Dark-skinned Dominicans have been told where
    they belong, and it seems have accepted it.

    Immediately, I began paying attention, as I do here in
    the United States, to billboards, television
    commercials and programs. Billboard after billboard
    featured not one dark face. In television commercials
    and programs, dark Dominicans were barely present and
    most of the time weren't even shown at all.

    It was as if we didn't even exist. In a country where
    more than 80 percent of the population is mixed with
    an African descendant, one would expect that at least
    some mixed-race actors would be used in commercials,
    but they don't make the cut, either.

    The unrelenting oppression of African culture and the
    discrimination against those that are, either partly
    or fully, descendants of the African people, continue
    to pull our country deeper into depths of poverty,
    ignorance and despair.

    Racism is nothing new in Latin America. The question
    is what are we doing about it? Tego Calderón, in a
    Tempo column last year, wrote that we needed a civil
    rights movement for Latino blacks.

    I agree. We no longer can continue to sweep this dirty
    secret under the rug.

    Julio Tavarez is the director of the Passaic County
    Chapter of the Latino Leadership Alliance of New
    Jersey

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  2. Aljahiz

    Aljahiz Banned MEMBER

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    dominicans are the most brainwashed out of the diaspora bar none..ive known that for years.

    they had a guy named RAFAEL TRUJILLO, who massacared thosuands of haitians and black skinned dominicans during his reign as dictatior, he was also europes/americas puppet, calling himself whitening the island. haiti and the dominican republic share the same island called "hispanolia".

    he was known to put pancake powder on his face to whiten it.
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