Monday, December 9, 2013

Junot Diaz: 'Sentencia' and Stateless Haitians in the Dominican Republic

Denationalization of Haitians and Haitian-Dominican citizens in the Dominican Republic has exposed the hate, apathy, and possible xenophobia within the community. Dominican-American Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Junot Diaz recently commented on this, the palpable fear of the Haitian community in Santo Dominigo, and his disgust with the ruling that will leave a number of Haitians and Haitian-Dominicans stateless. Both, Dominican and Haitian commentators have been vocal about the discriminatory practices, but certain Dominicans who stand against the ruling, like Diaz, have received threats due to their opposition.

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