The island of Hispanola is shared by The Domincan Republic and Haiti. For centuries there has been friction between the two countries because of the ironic superiority complex by many Domincans towards Haitians. Ironic, because the majority of its people share the same heritage as being descendants of enslaved Africans, and likely "cousins" to Haitians. Blatant intra-racism and a denial of their own African ancestry was the legacy inherited by Domincans, until recent years have found some Dominicans coming out of this imposed ignorance and embracing their heritage. Is intra-racsism behind the court ruling of Sept. 23, 2013, stripping citizenship from anyone born in the country to parents who were illegal, and the use of harassment and violence against Haitians living there? We'll discuss the history behind these recent events with distinguished guests, all who have Haitian roots and are artists and activists, Brehan Isis Worknesh, Bantu Divahyn, and Ayiti Bluez. Special thanks to Alex Boicel in helping make these connections.
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