Friday, December 13, 2013

Racism on the Island of Haiti

As we all know racism (white supremacy) is a worldwide phenomenon. There isn’t any corner of the world that this great evil has not reached. Wherever capitalism sinks its roots, there too you will find racist notions and actions.

The same is true on the island of Haiti. Many people call the island Hispaniola, where the Republic of Haiti and the Dominican Republic are neighbors. Named Hispaniola, or “Little Spain,” by Christopher Columbus, it is inappropriate to use this term because it will appear that we are sanctioning murder, rape, and genocide. Nor should we use the term Quisqueya, which is in common use in the Dominican Republic but which is historically inaccurate, and used by Dominican elites to fabricate differences between Dominicans and Haitians. Instead, we should use the term that was used by the original inhabitants of the island, Haiti.

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