Haiti and the Dominican Republic share the island of Hispaniola, said Mr. Werley Nortreus, the Haitian leader. The treatment of Haitian migrants and their offspring in the Dominican Republic is part of a broader struggle for the rights of immigrants who are often exploited for cheap labor yet marginalized socially and used as political tools. Even in Venezuela, Brasil, and other Hispanic countries, Haitians seem to be mistreated and overlooked, simply, because of the color of their skin and their past. Meanwhile, the Dominican people don’t believe that they are black like the Haitians, unfortunately, they are so brainwashed and they think they are white. What a disgrace?
“According to some of my experiences, I once received death threats and I also survived a lot of attacks organized by Hispanic people. Most of the time, they are just like white people. I do believe they are racist just like white people are racist towards blacks, especially towards Haitians. Let’s look at the situation of the Haitians in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela for example. What a Shame?”, said Prince Werley Nortreus on Bon Déjeuner! Radio.
Haitians and Hispanics have a long term history together but it seems like Haitians and Hispanics will never get along because of political tensions and mutual fears fed by a history of wars, massacres, and other atrocities. The Dominican Republic is a Caribbean nation that occupies roughly two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola. The other half belongs to Haiti, and the two countries are divided by language, history, and race. That division has often been toughest on Dominicans who are of Haitian descent, which is the group of people who lost their citizenship in the ruling. Over a decade, the Dominican Republic deported thousands of Haitians back to Haiti without mercy. Even Haitian-Dominicans who were born in the Dominican.
In February of 2015, a Haitian man was lynched in the center of the country’s second-largest city, Santiago. When television footage of his body left dangling from a tree spread across the country, Santiago police blamed two undocumented Haitian immigrants for the crime that was found innocent months later. Dominican nationalists held a rally nearby and burned a Haitian flag while televised.
The historical animosity between Haitians and Dominicans is rooted not only in language but in attitudes toward race. Santo Domingo, founded in 1496 by Spaniards, was the first European colony in the Americas. The French settled in the western part of the island, where they made a fortune by using slaves to grow sugar cane. Then, in 1791, a slave rebellion drove out the French, making Haiti the world’s first independent black republic in 1804. In 1822, Haiti occupied its Spanish-speaking neighbor, an episode in that country’s history that has left the image of Haitians as machete-wielding killers in the collective imagination of many Dominicans. And although Haitians later helped Dominicans to expel the Spanish colonizers, in 1863–1865, the Dominican Republic still chooses to celebrate its independence from Haiti in 1844.
According to Werley Nortreus, he believes that Hispanics are sometimes racist like white people in the United States and across the world, because, In February of 2015, a Haitian man was lynched in the center of the country’s second-largest city, Santiago. When television footage of his body left dangling from a tree spread across the country, Santiago police blamed two undocumented Haitian immigrants for the crime that was found innocent months later. Dominican nationalists held a rally nearby and burned a Haitian flag while televised. Also, other Haitian bodies found deceased that the Hispanic media never reported.
“Let me tell you something that a lot of people might be scared to say. Did you know that Hispanics across the world are sometimes racist just like some white people across the world? You wouldn’t believe me, don’t you!”, said Prince Werley Nortreus, the Haitian political leader and founder of Vanyan Sòlda Ayiti and A New Haiti Before 2045 (ANHB 2045).
Even the current President of the Dominican Republic, Luis Abinader said a lot of racists words about Haiti and Haitians on the same day he was elected as the new President of the DR, and he even said that he will close the border so the Haitians can’t enter the Dominican Republic. Unfortunately, it seems like the Hispanics are truly so ungrateful towards Haiti and the Haitians, even when Haitians helped them get their independence acts.
“The Hispanics are so ungrateful, soumoun, racist, and disrespectful just like white people across the world. When will Haiti unite with the African Union instead? Because I think it’s time for Haiti to join the African Union. Why not?”, said Prince Werley Nortreus while talking about the issue.