Thursday, May 8, 2014

The Island of Hispaniola

The island of Hispaniola is shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Before seeing the video below, I always wondered why some Dominicans
consider themselves black; while others (especially those of a fairer skin) 
never acknowledge their black race. In addition, I find it interesting that 
the Dominican Republic and Haiti share an island, yet the two countries have such a 
deep-rooted division. 

Although I have never been to either country, based on 
things I've read and seen, it seems like Haiti and the Dominican Republic are 
separated by decades; meaning one is far more advanced than the other.

The movie below is very informative. It explores where the race division 
between Haitians and Dominicans originated from.

It's almost an hour long, but well worth it. Especially if you have an interest
in how race affects identity in Latin/Caribbean countries. 

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