Haiti And Dominican Republic Essay

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What is the issue between Haiti and the Dominican Republic? In the past years, problems between Haitians and Dominicans have reached an all new high. Haiti and Dominican Republic are two countries that coexist on the same island, with a fake line dividing the two. By “fake line”, I mean in actuality Haitians and Dominicans are not really separate individuals in the fact that both groups of people have the same history and come from the same place. The main problem is some Dominicans do not accept this fact. Although these are two “different” countries it is impossible for Haitians and Dominicans not to cross paths eventually. The history of one country can not be told without telling the history of the other. Unfortunately, these countries do not co-exist positively with one another due to past. In the past years, problems between Haitians and Dominicans have reached an…show more content…
One can argue that things did not really spill over until Generalissimo Rafael Trujilo became President of the Dominican Republic. In 1937, Generalissimo Rafael Trujilo was in charge of a massacre that many do not know about (I recently just found out this information as I researched the background between Haitians and Dominicans). This massacre was called the Parsley Massacre. The Parsley Massacre consisted of Dominicans gathering up Haitians and killing them. The differences between Haitians and Dominicans are not very noticeable. Haitians are perceived to be “dark” in color, but Dominicans are also “dark” in color so to the naked eye it is quite confusing to depict whom is whom. The Dominican army found a way around this. They came up with a way to separate the Dominicans and Haitians by going around the country and anybody who was suspected of being Haitian or having Haitian decent, they made them say one word. That one word being parsley, Spanish translation being perejil. This word in particular revealed Haitian’s French

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